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Lamoriello insists Brodeur is still a No. 1 goalie

Jun 30, 2013, 9:07 PM EDT

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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.

  1. ninja6r - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Why would this even be a question? Brodeur will be always be the #1 goalie for the Devils. Schneider is there b/c you always need a solid #2.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      Schneider is not a back up lol

    • stakex - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      There is a question because Brodeur is 41 years old, and despite his unquestionably great record… he can’t escape the effects of father time. His play has declined over the last couple seasons, and injuries have started to creep up on him. If the Devils are serious about being a contender, there is a very good debate to be had if Brodeur or Schneider is the better choice as starter.

      And if for no other reason, Schneider is there because its highly unlikely Brodeur will play past this season. Considering his backup was 40 year old Headberg, and none of their goalie prospects are NHL tested…. they needed a suitable replacement.

  2. ethanmacleod1685 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Trololololololololol

  3. LampyB - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Brodeur has one season left. Schneider is backup this year and is the future of new jersey.

  4. 19to77 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Cory Schneider: “Oh, God, not this again.”

  5. DED - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    I think Brodeur and Schneider split next season just like Crawford and Emery did this year. Marty will then retire at the end of next season as his contract will be done and he’ll be 42 next May. Then Schneider takes over full time. Smart move by Lou.

  6. ray2013 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Hedberg to back up Mason in Philly?

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:52 PM

      Could definitely see that happening. Experienced, good track record as a backup, and, most importantly, cheap. Plus NJ probably wouldn’t mind trading with a division rival based on Hedbergs performance last season.

      • ray2013 - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:15 AM

        That, and he’s in his last season in his contract. Just what Homer was quoted as asking for.

  7. jimw81 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    When i heard he was doing tv work during the playoffs first thing that came to my mind, the first foot has landed into retirement. I think devils see it as well but they being loyal to him and letting him make the decision himself.

  8. jacketsfan7 - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    I agree , they split time during the regular season than brodeur starts in the playoffs

  9. jhuck92 - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Let Brodeur teach Schneider this year, retire on his own terms next summer, and then come back as a goalie coach. The Devils won’t need to worry about a goaltender for a while after that.

  10. martysbetter - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Lou mentioned in this interview that he’s spoken to Marty about this type of transition several times in the past – apparently him returning to backup Schneider is not out of the question.

  11. MannySilvers - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    They’ll split time until Schneider is eventually the #1. Like Osgood and Howard.

  12. bdnnbd - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Would be nice if, when I immediately came to this site for live draft analysis, there were any whatsoever.

  13. eggserino - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Way to manufacture controversy. This is clearly a legacy planning move. Schneider has to know that and I’m sure Lou and Marty have talked about it multiple times. This is just another shrewd move by one of the best GMs in hockey to keep his team competitive for the next couple of years.

    The real controversy, if there’s any, will be the contract negotiations between Crawford and Lou come Spring 2015. The Devils are doing a fantastic job of positioning themselves, cap-wise, to stay competitive.

  14. jb8383 - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    I have no doubt that Marty is the starter next year. Lou wouldn’t make a move like that and have Marty compete for the job – he does not operate like that, he is loyal to Marty. I think it’s just a question of how many games Marty will start. Lou said that him and Marty have had the talk about this transition in the past, and I guess it’s time. Everyone saw what happened after Marty got hurt last year and we cannot have that happen again this year.

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