Schneider close to becoming Canuck

BOB MACKIN, 24 HOURS

, Last Updated: 10:15 AM ET

One of the National Hockey League's senior free agent defencemen could be a Vancouver Canuck sooner than later.

Mathieu Schneider was spotted at breakfast with Canucks' president Mike Gillis Tuesday at the Wedgewood Hotel. The two had a cordial discussion. Schneider ordered a bagel. How many "bagels" he wants in his pay packet was not apparent to those within earshot.

The 40-year-old New York native debuted with the Montreal Canadiens in 1987-1988 and won a Stanley Cup with the Habs in 1993. He returned to the Habs late last season after playing with seven other NHL clubs.


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