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Luongo speaks, er Tweets, his support for Schneider in New Jersey

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The one aspect from yesterday’s stunning trade that sent Cory Schneider from Vancouver to New Jersey was how Roberto Luongo would react to the deal.

After all, it was Luongo who asked to be traded and instead sees his friend and former pupil head off to Newark instead of seeing himself sent to a new address. Luckily for us, there’s Twitter to help send a brief message.

In Luongo’s case, his message was of support for Schneider who is headed for a new chapter in his own career.

Crazy to think that Schneider goes from battling with Luongo for time in net to doing the same with certain first-ballot Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur. While Luongo said he was “shocked” by the deal (and understandably so),  this makes for a true feel-good moment out this surprising draft-day development.

Devils’ Clarkson likely headed to free agency

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New Jersey has already re-signed Dainius Zubrus and are on the verge of re-signing Patrik Elias, but David Clarkson may not be returning.

Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice reports that barring a drastic change of direction, Clarkson is headed to free agency on July 5. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello didn’t sound very positive about re-signing the power forward when asked if it’ll happen.

“David, I don’t know at this point. We’ll certainly talk and I’ll leave it at that,” Lamoriello said. 

Clarkson could be in the market for a sizable raise given the dearth of goal-scoring power forwards out there. While Nathan Horton will garner plenty of attention, Clarkson’s ability to both be a garbage man in front of the net and handle himself in a fight might appeal to more than a few teams (Toronto? Calgary? Detroit? Spitballin’ here gang.)

Rangers and Flyers swap minor leaguers

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The Rangers and Flyers aren’t ever known for trying to help each other out, but that didn’t stop them from swapping minor league depth players.

New York sent forward Kris Newbury to Philadelphia in exchange for defenseman Danny Syvret. Each player has their own note of significance to their credit.

Newbury took Brad Richards’ spot in the Rangers lineup in the playoffs when then coach John Tortorella decided Richards wasn’t getting it done. In the three playoff games he saw this season, he had no points and two penalty minutes. He spent most of his season with the Connecticut Whale in the AHL. As a rugged forward with the ability to handle his own in a fight, he fits the Flyers’ M.O. pretty well.

Syvret adds some defensive depth to a Rangers team that needs it. His claim to fame is that he scored the Flyers’ first and only Winter Classic goal in the 2010 game against Boston. He spent all of last season with the Adirondack Phantoms in the AHL and did fairly well scoring six goals and adding 34 assists. His downfall? He was a minus-21 on a poor Phantoms squad.

Father chooses son: Devils pick Anthony Brodeur

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The New Jersey Devils turned the 2013 draft into a family affair.

With the 208th pick overall in the seventh-round, Martin Brodeur announced the team’s selection and it was a player he knows very well: His son Anthony.

Anthony Brodeur is a goalie out of Shattuck St. Mary’s prep school in Minnesota. Getting picked by the Devils and with his old man there to announce the honor made for a special moment. Even better still? The Devils traded into the seventh-round to pick him.

The reaction around the Twittersphere was very positive.

The 5’11”, 177-pound netminder is headed to the QMJHL next season to play for Gatineau.

Lamoriello insists Brodeur is still a No. 1 goalie

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NEWARK — When the New Jersey Devils traded for Cory Schneider this afternoon, the first question asked was: What about Martin Brodeur?

Well, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is standing by the face of his franchise.

“Marty is still a number one goalie,” he said about the 41 year-old future Hall of Famer.

What about Schneider? Lou’s a big fan as well.

“I think we’re getting a goaltender not only of the present but of the future. Certainly Marty is at a point where he can’t play the way he played, as far as the number of games he played,” he explained.

“This young man has proven to be a No. 1 goaltender. We feel great about it. I’ve spoken to him and he’s just excited to come here and work with Marty.”

When it came to making his decision to deal for Schneider, Lamoriello made it very plain.

“This is something we were able to do. This was something in the best interest of our franchise and we made a decision to do it.”

Oddly enough, Lamoriello says he hasn’t had a chance to talk with Brodeur as he was busy working on the floor at the draft.

With Brodeur and Schneider set to battle for time in goal next season, it brings up the possibility of Schneider pushing Brodeur to be even better in goal.

Lamoriello says that’s the furthest thing from the truth.

“If you know Marty, Marty doesn’t need anyone to push him. Marty doesn’t compete against anyone. He competes against himself,” he said. “He’s an elite athlete with tremendous pride. A team player. I don’t want to go over Marty looking over his shoulder. He’s a tremendous professional. He’ll help Cory out as much as possible.”

As for veteran backup Johan Hedberg, Lamoriello said he’ll sit down with him and discuss their future. He has one year left on his deal with New Jersey and a $1.4 million cap hit.

At 28 years-old, the question here is whether Schneider actually needs more help at this point in his career. The Devils may not think they have issues in goal now, but they’re going to have a lot more questions moving ahead.