Joe Yerdon

Lou Lamoriello

Lamoriello insists Brodeur is still a No. 1 goalie


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.

Philadelphia to host 2014 NHL Draft

2014 NHL Draft - Philly

Next year’s NHL Draft will make its home in the city of brotherly love.

The NHL announced the 2014 NHL Draft will take place in Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center on June 27 and 28. This marks the first time the draft will take place in Philly and, obviously, the first time at the arena. With this year’s draft taking place in Newark, NJ the event moves essentially down the road to Eastern Pennsylvania.

The draft returns to being a two-day affair next season thanks to the new CBA being agreed to. This year’s even was forced to all occur in one day thanks to the lockout that wiped out half the season. The tightened schedule forced all seven rounds to happen on one day.

Next year’s event will kick off with the first-round taking place Friday night the 27th with rounds 2-7 happening Saturday afternoon on the 28th.

Fucale first goalie taken, goes in second round to Montreal

Zachary Fucale

It took until the second-round for the 2013 NHL Draft to see its first goalie taken and it turns out to be a fantastic troll pick.

At 36th overall, the Montreal Canadiens chose Halifax (QMJHL) netminder Zachary Fucale. While they’ve got Carey Price to kick around for the next few years, both the Edmonton Oilers (37th) and Philadelphia Flyers (41st) were eyeballing goalies themselves. Edmonton wound up trading their pick to Los Angeles while the Flyers… Well…

So much for that. Instead, Philly went with Swedish defenseman Robert Hagg at 41. It’s a nice consolation prize.

This year wasn’t seen as a big year for goalies and with Fucale not going until early in the second-round, that’s shown to be true. As for Martin Brodeur’s son, Anthony, we’re waiting to see when/if he’ll be taken today.

Trade: Buffalo acquires McBain and pick from Carolina for Sekera

Jamie McBain

Buffalo and Carolina decided to swap their struggling defenders.

Carolina sent Jamie McBain and the 35th overall pick to Buffalo for Andrej Sekera. The Sabres then took USA National Team member forward J.T. Compher with the pick.

McBain struggled last season with Carolina and found himself the focus of many trade rumors at the deadline. He finished last season with just one goal and seven assists in 40 games.

Sekera was caught in a bit of a numbers game in Buffalo. He wound up with better numbers than McBain (two goals, 10 assists) but dealt with injuries. Both players will get a fresh start in a new city and a chance to prove themselves worthy in new situations.

Hurricanes don’t trade out, pick Lindholm fifth overall

Elias Lindholm

Many of the rumors surrounding Carolina’s day at the draft surrounded them moving the fifth overall selection. Turns out they were happy to stay where they were.

The Hurricanes picked Swedish center Elias Lindholm with the fifth pick and he comes with some solid hype to his game. With Brynas in the Swedish Elite League, he netted 11 goals and 19 assists in 48 games as an 18 year-old.

One comparison Lindholm was getting early on was with Peter Forsberg. If he pans out like that, fans in Carolina are going to be very happy.