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Would You Play Mathieu Schneider?

Following up on a comment discussion in another thread, Mathieu Schneider is due to get bonuses of, I believe, $300k, after 40, 50, 60 and 70 games. The bonuses would total over 40% of his salary this year.

But he only gets them if he averages at least 15:00 of ice time in his games played. Last I checked, his average so far, after 39 games, stands at 15:14. His play has been below expectations and he really hasn't deserved more than that.

It means, though, that should he play in the next game, he would have to get about 11:02 of ice time just to keep his average up. If he got less than that, he would lose his first bonus, and probably not be at all happy about it.

Which could leave Vigneault with a tough decision, or set of them, during the game: i.e. what if Schneider is having a bad game again? Does he sit him down and risk alienating his veteran Stanley Cup winner? Or does he leave him on the ice and risk losing a game and, potentially, a playoff spot, in this tight year that we're having?

Tough call, which is why I suspect Gillis is gonna make sure that Schneider skips the next game rather than put the coach in such a spot.

I wouldn't play the guy in this situation. Would you?

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