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Having Schneider in New Jersey is ‘a great challenge’ for Brodeur

Sep 13, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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The goaltending dynamic in New Jersey continues to take shape.
Cory Schneider is pushing for the starting job, occupied for roughly the last 20 years by Martin Brodeur, arguably the best netminder in the game’s history, who is looking to maintain his position.
“It’s a lot different when you’re the age of (40-year-old Johan Hedberg) and you know he’s going to be the backup,” Brodeur said, as per the hockey blog Fire & Ice.

“(Schneider’s) working to be No. 1 and it’s going to be a great challenge for me to take my game to a certain level so we could push each other and do well for the team.”

This is not a new situation for Schneider.

He was originally drafted by the Vancouver Canucks and surpassed Roberto Luongo as the No. 1 goalie in Vancouver during the 2012 playoffs.

In a dramatic plot twist to the goalie saga in Vancouver, the Canucks traded Schneider to New Jersey for the ninth overall pick in a shocker at this year’s draft.

It still appears Schneider will be the back-up, behind Brodeur.

”Those things sort themselves out,” Devils head coach Peter DeBoer said earlier this month. “Marty’s back. Marty’s our starting goaltender and we’ve got a fantastic 1A in Cory Schneider.”

  1. quonce - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    It’s not arguably, he is the greatest ever. I’ll only allow Dryden arguments but then shoot down those with length of career.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      Totally agree… Marty IS the best, no questions. I remember when I first started watching hockey. Terry Sawchuk’s shutout record was considered one of those records that would “never be beat”. Then Marty beat it… almost 5 years ago.

      Dryden was good, but the team in front of him had quite a lot to do with it, even he admits it. That said, His W-L-T record with Cornell before coming to the NHL still blows my mind. 76-4-1

  2. girouxed - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    There’s in no arguing Brodeur’s stats. They are the best ever in the history of the NHL.

  3. dan46778 - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Don’t be surpise that Marty will play alot less games

  4. capsfan19 - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    This has to be a dream come true for schneider. Sure there’s a chance he’ll have to play number 2, but to compete for a spot with brodeur?! Damn… Thats a nice luxury to have especially as a young goalie.

  5. joey4id - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    I think we’re going to see Schneider gradually, over the next two years, take over the #1 spot. Brodeur deserves at the very least not to be abruptly pushed aside for his unwavering loyalty to the Devils. He’s been through thick and thin with Lamoriello, and he will undoubtedly move to the front office when he retires. Brodeur deserves a front office job after retiring more than any other player after spending 22 years with the same organization.

  6. ragsrus - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Enjoy last place, Debbie fans, your team, as usual is a joke. Micky mouse.

    • mpg44 - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      Henrique!!! …’s over!!!! Sucks to be a rags fan!

  7. kane987245 - Sep 15, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    I love how they talk about a Controversy here and it goes into Marty basically saying that he is still going to be Marty in order to get his job back. There is no “controversy” because Corey will have that job in the LATEST 2 years. This is the best case ever for Schneider because think about it:

    1. Out of VAN which turned pretty much into a hell hole situation for him and Roberto by being told he would be their number 1 and not panning out.

    2. Yes, he is now a back-up again but to the Greatest Goalie to ever play in the NHL and will be MENTORED by him for 2 years.

    3. In two years time, he will have the starting job without a doubt and a brand new contract or extension to be the #1 goalie for an organization that is known for winning excellence. Something that he was hoping to be with VAN.

    Controversy? Not at all, just a situation that benefits both Mary and Corey. Marty gets to finish his career with his head held high, teaching who is considered to be one of the best in the game yet and now is being taught by the best to ever play his position in the NHL; and Corey finally gets everything he wanted.

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