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DeBoer didn’t know Devs were trading for Schneider

Jul 8, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT

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The Cory Schneider-to-New Jersey trade caught a lot of people off guard.

Including some within the Devils organization.

Like head coach Peter DeBoer, for example. On Monday, DeBoer said he had no idea his team was going to acquire the Vancouver netminder — even though he was at the draft.

“No I didn’t know. It was a surprise to me until Lou [Lamoriello, Devils GM] came down to our end of the table and told me,” DeBoer told the New Jersey Star-Ledger. “It was a real pleasant surprise, obviously. I don’t think it’s any secret that everybody has been wondering what is going to happen next at such a key position.”

While an amusing anecdote, it’s not too surprising.

Lamoriello is notoriously secretive and, at times, basically non-communicative when it comes to discussing player transactions, negotiations and contracts.

On that note, neither of the Devils’ goalies at the time — Martin Brodeur and Johan Hedberg — knew the Schneider deal was going down; Brodeur said he was “shocked” by the trade while Hedberg said he was caught off guard.

There’s also the not-so-small issue of New Jersey hosting the draft.

Had word leaked of the trade prior to Sunday’s selection, there’s a decent chance Devils fans — who were lined up to watch the club select ninth overall — would’ve stayed away.

Why show up if there’s no drama?

Finally, there’s the notion that while this deal was hatched prior to the draft, pulling the trigger happened quickly.

It could’ve been contingent on Bo Horvat being available at No. 9 for Vancouver to select; it could’ve also been one of those deals with a small window of opportunity.

The latter is the way DeBoer saw it, and he praised his boss for pouncing on the chance.

“When you look around the league starting goaltenders in their prime are few and far between. And they usually don’t get moved,” he explained.

“I think it was a unique opportunity and Lou jumped on it.”

  1. phillyphan93 - Jul 8, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    “Devs”? This site continues to show its amateur colors…

    • imleftcoast - Jul 8, 2013 at 6:19 PM

      For teams no one cares about, they shorten it to three letters: Devs, Caps, Ducs.

      • sunderlanding - Jul 8, 2013 at 6:23 PM

        Those are four letters.

      • mj2sexay - Jul 8, 2013 at 6:41 PM

        I’m leftcoast not only are you stupid, you’re also flat out wrong. Devils were on an impressive sell-out run before the bottom fell out. Why that happened is an argument for another day, just know you’re a jerk and you’re stupid.

      • imleftcoast - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:52 PM

        #1, I was kidding. #2, it’s not four letters – you don’t count the ‘s’ or put an apostrophe on those anymore.

  2. jacketsfan7 - Jul 8, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    All of the ones you listed above were 4 letters…

  3. cameltoews - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Tried to be funny and failed horribly. Hahaha you know you got to proofread on this site otherwise they will get you for it.

    • imleftcoast - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      hahhaha, Chicago Manual of Style: An apostrophe is never used to form the plural of a name.

  4. bigtganks - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    They had Luongo tell DeBoer?!?!?

  5. 950003cups - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Here’s four characters that you might recognize – 1975

  6. pensman29 - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    “Next up, the Devils”

    Lou-” alright let’s see we have bo, that Russian guy…

    Ring ring

    “Hello? Oh you want this pick for Cory…
    DEAL!”

    Thinkin on his feet

  7. cameltoews - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Good move. Always cite your sources. The grammar police is crazy on this site.

  8. kingcobraman - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    the Devs got themselves a steal , Gillies is a drunken idiot and is destroying the canucks…

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