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Under Pressure: Cory Schneider


New Jersey Devils fans will never ask “Marty who?,” but the job of trying to get the franchise back to the glory days once enjoyed with Martin Brodeur now rests firmly on the shoulders of Cory Schneider.

That won’t be easy as Brodeur led the Devils to Stanley Cup victories three times and won the Vezina Trophy four times.

“Marty’s legacy is what it is,” Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello told NHL.com. “Cory’s not here to replace Marty. Cory’s here to establish his own identity, which he has done, and go forward with that.”

Schneider, 28, signed a new seven-year, $42 million contract extension in July, which will take him through the 2021-22 season.

In his first season in New Jersey, Schneider went 16-15-12 while appearing in 45 games during the 2013-14 season. His 1.97 GAA ranked third in the league.

However, with the Devils lacking goal-scoring, they missed the playoffs for a second straight season after getting to the Stanley Cup final during the 2011-12 season. New Jersey ranked 29th in 5-on-5 goals-for last season ahead of only Buffalo.

Schneider has been waiting for this opportunity since entering the league during the 2008-09 season and will likely be the franchise’s starting goaltender for many years to come.

He’s more than capable of handling the duties of a 60-plus games a season and considering what it cost Lamoriello to land him (a first round pick in 2013) Schneider is a steal.

This coming season Schneider won’t have the safety net of Brodeur, 42, to help him out if things go sideways. Rookie Keith Kinkaid, 25, is pencilled in to be Schneider’s backup in 2014-15.

The pressure is on Schneider to prove he can handle the opportunity he’s been waiting for for six seasons. If he can’t handle the duties expected of a No. 1, it’ll be a third straight season outside the playoff picture in New Jersey.

Related: Devils’ Gomez considered retirement

PHT Morning Skate: What should be expected of Dallas next season?

Tyler Seguin

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

After a busy summer, what should Dallas Stars fan expect in 2014-15? (Defending Big D)

Ryan Kesler is loving life in Anaheim. (NHL.com)

Evan Sporer argues that the Bruins were the losers in the Tyler Seguin trade. (Boston Globe)

When it comes to puck-handling, Flyers goaltending prospect Anthony Stolarz has tried to model his game after Martin Brodeur. (CSN Philly)

Red Wings blogger George Malik spoke out against the Red Wings re-signing Dan Cleary. He feels that Detroit would be better served by leaving that roster spot free for one of its young forwards. (Kukla’s Korner’s)

Of course, this has been a rough summer in general for Detroit. Defenseman Mike Green is rumored to be on the market though. Would it make sense for the Red Wings to go after him if that’s the case? (Winging It In Motown)

Devils ink Schneider to reported seven-year, $42 million deal


After days of speculation, the Devils made it official on Wednesday, announcing they’ve signed goalie Cory Schneider to a multi-year deal.

“We’re pleased to announce that we have solidified our goaltending for not only this year but for the future,” GM Lou Lamoriello said, per the Star-Ledger. “We’ve gone from one great goalie to another.”

In true Devils fashion, the club didn’t release any details regarding the deal, but both TVA and NorthJersey.com report it’s a seven-year contract worth $42 million, good for an average annual cap hit of $6M. That cap hit would put Schneider as the eighth-highest among NHL goalies, on par with Corey Crawford and Ryan Miller, though it’s important to note 2014-15 is the last season of Schneider’s old deal (three years, $12 million, a $4M cap hit) — his extension won’t kick in until 2015-16.

Schneider, 28, will now move forward as a clear-cut No. 1 goalie for the first time in his career. After spending his first five professional seasons in Vancouver’s timeshare with Roberto Luongo, Schneider — acquired by the Devils at the 2013 NHL Entry draft — found himself in another goalie tandem last season with Devils legend Martin Brodeur.

The result? At 28, Schneider has never appeared in more than 45 games (which came in his first year with the Devils) and has made just 143 career appearances. To put that in perspective, the other prominent goalie from Schneider’s ’04 draft class, Pekka Rinne, has played in 317 career games despite missing almost all of last season with hip problems.

Lack of playing time appears to be a thing of the past for Schneider, however. With Brodeur still testing free agency and unlikely to return to New Jersey, the Devils are putting all their eggs in the Schneider basket with just Keith Kinkaid and Scott Clemmensen as the depth options behind him.

In terms of total salary, Schneider’s reported $42 million would put him among the league’s elite:


Lamoriello believes he’s closing in on Schneider extension

Cory Schneider

New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello told the Bergen Record that he might be close to crossing off a big item on his offseason to-do list: re-signing goalie Cory Schneider.

“It’s a work in progress and we’re getting closer and closer,” Lamoriello said. “Hopefully, we’ll have that done in the very near future.”

Schneider, 28, has one year remaining on his contract, which carries a $4 million cap hit. It’s really not a bad time to lock the netminder up, as Martin Brodeur’s apparent departure makes it clear that he’ll get his wish about being the clear No. 1 guy for the 2014-15 season (if not longer).

As the Bergen Record notes, the Devils’ backup job is likely to come down to veteran Scott Clemmensen (experienced, but on a two-way deal) and rookie Keith Kinkaid. On paper, that provides very little competition for Schneider and adds that much more incentive for a longer-term commitment.ay

Than again, Schneider might want a full season as an unquestioned starter to drive up his negotiating value.

Schneider has a great career save percentage (.925), with that track record carrying over to his tug-o-war with Martin Brodeur last season, even if his record (16-15-12) doesn’t fall in line with that strong .921 save percentage. A little more luck (12 wins on the table, including an odd run of shootout futility for the Devils) and he can enjoy a better record and individual stats.

Either way, there’s a good chance that the Devils and Schneider eventually will get what they want.

(H/T to Rotoworld.)

UFA Day 2: Who’s left?

Radim Vrbata

The first day of the free agent frenzy certainly lived up to its name.

Even though the 2014 market was relatively thin, teams still handed nearly half a billion dollars to unrestricted free agents, based on Cap Geek’s estimate. The vast majority of the top talent available got scooped up in the process, but as we enter Day 2 of the open market, there are still some noteworthy players available.

Some of the biggest prizes left include:

Radim Vrbata — He scored 20 goals and 51 points in 80 games with the Coyotes. Arizona still wants him back, per Fox Sports’ Craig Morgan, but he’s got plenty of other options. He’s one of the few legitimate top-six forwards left on the market. (UFA of the Day Page)

Mikhail Grabovski — Grabovski got off to a great start with the Capitals in 2013-14, but he went cold and dealt with an ankle problem over the second half of the campaign. When the dust settled, Grabovski had 35 points in 58 games, which isn’t comeback numbers he was likely hoping for after the Toronto Maple Leafs bought him out in the summer of 2013. Still, those looking for a second-line center are running out of options. (UFA of the Day Page)

Martin Brodeur — Brodeur wants to extend his Hall of Fame career and there does seem to be a market for him. However, it’s primarily as a mentor and backup goaltender. His days of dominating the league are behind him, but he would make for an interesting addition to any team.

Daniel Alfredsson — He’s in the twilight of his career, but the former Ottawa Senators captain can still provide any team he joins with veteran leadership and secondary scoring. Is he willing to sign with any team other than Detroit though?

Mike Ribeiro — He signed a four-year, $22 million contract with the Arizona Coyotes, but they bought it out after just one season over behavioral issues. It wasn’t that long ago that Ribeiro was a solid top-line center and those aren’t exactly easy to come by (unless you’re Stars GM Jim Nill). With that in mind, he’s an interesting diamond in the rough option.

David Legwand — Although his brief tenure with the Detroit Red Wings wasn’t great, he’s still a solid center and has recorded over 50 points in each of his last two 82-game campaigns. The New York Islanders appear to be in the running for him, according to WFAN’s Daniel Friedman. (UFA of the Day Page)