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Devils coach calls Brodeur starter, Schneider a ‘fantastic 1A’

Sep 3, 2013, 8:34 PM EDT

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One of the league’s most interesting goalie questions is: will Martin Brodeur or Cory Schneider be the New Jersey Devils starter?

Head coach Peter DeBoer seemed to back up the conventional wisdom to the Bergen Record on Tuesday: Brodeur’s the nominal starter, but Schneider could have an opening to pile up a lot of reps.

” … Those things sort themselves out,” DeBoer said. “Marty’s back. Marty’s our starting goaltender and we’ve got a fantastic 1A in Cory Schneider.”

The “sort themselves out” line implies that the situation is indeed fluid.

Brodeur, 41, might get the early leg up but Schneider, 27, could steal plenty of starts if he plays really well.

There’s an argument that can be made for both goalies receiving the majority of playing time, but that’s ultimately for the Devils – especially DeBoer – to decide. Maybe the situation will be friendly enough that Roberto Luongo won’t need to pity his former mate so much, either.

  1. ikillchicken - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    With all respect to Brodeur (and I really mean that) I find it extremely unlikely that Schneider won’t be the starter within a couple months. Of course, declaring Brodeur the starter for now is definitely the right choice. It would be disrespectful not to before either guy has actually hit the ice. But as great a player as Brodeur was, at this point he is a middle of the pack goalie (which itself is super impressive at his age). Unless Schneider’s play falls off drastically he shouldn’t have a problem quickly displacing him as the starter.

    • dueman - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      I think that you are very wrong about Brodeur being a middle of the pack goalie. I think that right now Brodeur is still one of the best in the game. He may have had an off year because of injury last year, but he’ll bounce back this year. With Schneider there he won’t have to play as many games as he normally would, and that will benefit him, but he’ll still be the number one guy this year. Schneider will learn a lot this year, and will be a better goalie for it.

  2. r4n6er - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Cory is a great goalie but I always worried about his durability while in Van. He hasn’t made a season (42 games or full season) without sustaining an injury. I hope that he does well with the Devils but I am glad that we kept Lou. I just wish MG had done it sooner.

  3. nickathens27 - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    It really won’t matter who’s in. Both goalies are great, but that’s a team missing its best forward and haven’t had much time to piece it back together. It’s going to be an uncharacteristically ugly year for that whole team.

  4. amityvillefun - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    The Devils are going to have to rely on both of them to keep them relevant without Kovalchuk’s presence on the ice.

    Kovy truly gave the Devils the shaft. It is not going to be a hole they can plug easily, if at all.

  5. shanesander - Sep 4, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    Schneider will be starter by the end of the year

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