The Vancouver Canucks once traded winger Peter Schaefer to Ottawa for defenceman Sami Salo, a deal that ranks with Luongo-for-Bertuzzi in its lopsidedness.
But Schaefer is back on the West Coast, trying to resurrect his career after two years away from the NHL. The 33-year-old has received a veteran tryout from the franchise that drafted him in 1995, and was the only surprise name on Vancouver's training camp roster.
(Prospect Cody Hodgson, incidentally, was not listed among the skaters.)
Schaefer was bought out by the Boston Bruins last year and did not play anywhere. The previous year, he was in the minors with Boston's farm club. In 2007-08, he had nine goals and 26 points in 63 games for the Bs, and he's now trying to make one of the deepest teams in the NHL.
In other words, Schaefer options were slim. And his chances of making the Canucks are even slimmer.
Here's the official release (pdf) from the team with the full camp roster.