Feb 01, 2012; Vancouver, B.C., CANADA; Vancouver Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider (35) during the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE

Cory Schneider to the Swiss League? Maybe

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider expressed interest in playing in Europe last week and now rumours are linking him to EV Zug of the Swiss League (National League A).

“If everyone is going to start heading over there with bad news,” Schneider told the Vancouver Province last week. “[Jobs] are going to start filling up pretty quickly. It’s something I have to think about more seriously.”

“My agent is out there, talking to teams to see what is available. I haven’t really given him the green light to go and try to find something for sure.”

A story out of Switzerland says EV Zug is reportedly looking to add a locked out NHL goaltender and the obvious choice for the team would be to bring in Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller, who is a Swiss national, but Schneider is also an option.

The Swiss League has rules in place that only allows four foreigners. Schneider, an American, apparently isn’t recognized as a foreigner by the league because his grandmother holds a Swiss passport. This makes him an ideal choice for the club.

On Monday, Schneider’s agent Mike Liut confirmed to News 1130 he has been speaking to a Division 1 team in the Swiss League, but no deal has been made yet and Schneider has yet to make a decision whether to play in Europe or not.

EV Zug sits eighth in the league standings with 23 points. Some notables on the team include locked out Detroit Red Wings star Henrik Zetterberg and former Canucks first round pick Josh Holden.

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