The New Jersey Devils made sure to lock up their new number one goalie on Wednesday.
Cory Schneider agreed to a seven year 42M contract.
He was heading into his last year with the Devils and posted a 16-15-12 record last season.
The Devils basically were given Schneider. The stopper has loads of potential, and even if he isn’t given the number one spot, Schneider is still one of the best backup goalies in the NHL.
In his time with the Canucks, he posted a record of 71-41-20 and had a save percentage of .925.
Both Cory Schneider and Devils GM Lou Lamoriello were thrilled to have this deal done.
With veteran goalie Marty Brodeur testing the waters of free agency, this signing was critical to the success of the New Jersey Devils moving forward.
The question now becomes, will Cory Schneider be able to withstand the pressures of playing 50 or more games each season.
Taking over for the legendary Martin Brodeur will not be easy for the 28 year old Schneider. He doesn’t have Brodeur to lean on anymore and the Devils defence will be forced to bring in some young inexperienced defencemen this year as well.
I believe it will be a slow start for Schneider this year. But I’m confident that he will continue to improve moving forward.
He’s getting used to taking a lot of shots, has a relatively fast glove hand and covers his angles quickly. Schneider gained plenty of high pressure playoff experience throughout his time as a backup to Luongo as well.
I can’t wait to see how far this guy will carry his team. He’s eager to prove his worth and stake a claim as one of the up and coming number one goalies.
I don’t believe the Devils will be progressing deep into the playoffs this year. But I certainly wouldn’t count them out to get into the playoffs.
This was a great signing for the New Jersey Devils and I don’t think it will take Cory Schneider long to prove his worth to his team and the fans.
It will be interesting to see how veteran goalie Scott Clemmensen does as Schneider’s backup as well. I can’t wait for the season to begin.
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