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Devils name Brodeur opening night starter

Sep 17, 2013, 12:25 PM EDT

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The New Jersey Devils have announced that Martin Brodeur will be their starting goalie when they open the regular season on Thursday, Oct. 3 with a road date in Pittsburgh.

Though expected, the decision will be a hot-button topic for discussion.

Brodeur, 41, has been New Jersey’s starter since the beginning of time 1994-95 season, but now faces the stiffest competition of his career in Cory Schneider, the ex-Canucks netminder acquired at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Devils head coach Peter DeBoer has been consistent in calling Brodeur the team’s starting goalie ever since the trade, but has often referred to Schneider as a “fantastic 1A” option.

On Monday, the 27-year-old Schneider wowed fans in his Devils debut, stopping all 22 shots faced in the first two periods as the Devils beat the Rangers 2-1 at the Prudential Center.

Those in attendance even began chanting Schneider’s name.

“I thought he was excellent,” DeBoer said following the game. “You obviously want to win the home fans over and he’s playing against his old coach from last year in Vancouver, Alain Vigneault.

“It was nice for him to put up the performance he did and for us to get him a win.”

Battling for the No. 1 gig with an incumbent veteran is nothing new for Schneider.

He spent the last few seasons platooning with Roberto Luongo for the starting job in Vancouver and, in last year’s season opener, got the start for the Canucks before getting hooked for Luongo in a 7-3 loss to the Ducks.

  1. barkar942 - Sep 17, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Of course Marty is gonna start. There will be no disrespect from Schneider, either. Marty will be ending his career in the next couple of years and Schneider will make a fine #1 for years to come.
    Also, they will be splitting the season somewhere near 60%-40% Marty over Schneider in goal. This is the first time they can use Marty sensibly at his age. This goaltending duo will be the only reason the Devils will make the playoffs.

  2. hosewater2 - Sep 17, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    I understand the logic, but am disappointed in the whole situation for Cory.

  3. devilsarethebest - Sep 17, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Oh please, it’s no big deal. They failed to memtion that the home opener is the next night and Cory will 99% start that game.

    • thecheeman - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      Gary Bettman is so awful. Devils have to open at home tired from the night before and the Islanders come in fully rested having not played in 4 days

      • davebabychreturns - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        Love hearing fans of Eastern teams (especially the former Atlantic division teams that sleep in their own beds after two thirds of their road games) complaining about the schedule.

      • devilsarethebest - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:40 PM

        Pittsburgh is quite far that they need a flight and any flight is tiring. So it’s definitely something that back-to-back.

    • 950003cups - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      Brodeur hasn’t missed an opening night since he started. I doubt he sits.

  4. canucks30 - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    @barker942

    That’s assuming Schneider re-signs with New Jersey.

    He’s scheduled to become a UFA in July of 2015 and could just as easily walk to the highest bidder or a more competitive team missing only a quality starting goaltender.

    Schneider was ready to become a starter at the end of the 2011-12 season and forcing him to ride the pine for the better part of 2 more seasons isn’t exactly going to entice him to sign an extension.

    Schneider has been patiently waiting for an opportunity for almost a decade now since being drafted in 2004 and sooner of later he’s going to want to get 90% of the starts.

    Throw in Kovalchuk retiring and the Devils losing Parise and I’m not so sure Schneider sees a fit in NJ long-term.

    The Devils may have traded a first round pick for 2 seasons of 30-50 starts from Schneider.

    • thecheeman - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      If Marty (and therefore the Devils) is playing well enough and stays healthy enough that the Devils want to bring him back beyond this season, then Devils fans will probably not be stressing the loss of a pick they gave up two years before. Plus Schneider will be paid here and sure to be the man at that point. The fans will probably love him. He’ll probably love being here since he grew up not far in the Northeast. Not worried about this at all.

      • canucks30 - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        I’m not necessarily disagreeing with you but when I take a look at a team like Pittsburgh for example, who have been burned by bad goaltending from Fleury the last couple of post-seasons or the Flyers with Bryzgalov I see very competitive Stanley Cup contenders only missing a quality goaltender. Both those teams are also close to Schneider’s Massachusetts home and just as viable for him long-term.

        Throw in the salary cap rising to almost astronomical levels by then (Gary’s slew of outdoor games will generate tons of revenue) and they can also throw crazy money at him.

        Anyway, food for thought.

      • nj666 - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        The devils aren’t a broke team anymore they can throw good money at schneider and will probably go after some big name free agents over the summer. You should be more worried about the new “shot blocking machine” sedin twins resigning next season than the devils goalie situation.

    • doclolly - Sep 17, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      You’re assuming lou lamoriello can’t work his magic…. He always finds a way to build a solid team and im sure Schneider will see that. The only reason we lost our big time guys Parise, Kovy, Clarkson is because they chose to go play home which is pretty much the only thing lou has no chance to spin.

  5. canucks30 - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    @thecheeman

    Lol at Eastern Conference fans complaining about the schedule.

    Perhaps try what Red Wings, Wild, Blue Jackets, Stars, and Canucks fans have had to deal with in terms of start times, tired teams, and amount of travel.

    Not to mention players like Crosby, Ovechkin, Staal, Malkin, Tavares, etc. only having played 3-4 games in each Western city through the first almost decade of their careers.

    • devilsarethebest - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      I guess you missed it but the Devils have 22 back-to-backs this season. That’s just ridiculous on the schedule maker’s part.

      • davebabychreturns - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        Six of those involve little or no travel (either within the NYC area or LA/Anaheim) and at a glance at least three more involve no more than an hour flight (NJ/Buffalo, NJ/Washington)..

    • thecheeman - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      @canucks30

      Yeah it’s all relative I understand that. Devils have the most back-to-backs in the league this year (by far I believe) and are one of the league’s oldest teams if not the oldest. Isles will be well-rested taking the bus in for our home opener. I’m still complaining.

      • canucks30 - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:19 PM

        Fair enough. I know Eastern Teams do typically play far more back-to-backs and sets of 3 games in 4 nights but they still have the advantage of sleeping in their own beds and not traveling very far.

        My main point was the imbalanced schedule up until this season.

        Sidney Crosby has played 2 career games in Vancouver. Think about that.

        At least now, season ticket holders get to see every team roll into town at least once a year.

  6. amityvillefun - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Marty:

    “Listen kid, I got this.”

  7. nj666 - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    I would rather they have started Scheider in Pitt and have Marty start the home opener.

    • canucks30 - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      “Stop coaching Pat”

  8. steverolley - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    This is the right move, This will be Brodeur’s final year (at least in NJ) and there will be many games where Marty starts as a show of respect.

    Schneider will beat out Marty by the second month of the season, he is that good. Living in Vancouver I can tell no one is happy he is gone.

    NJ got a steal from Vancouver for in my opinion a top 3 goalie!

  9. steelers88 - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Wow. Shocker.

  10. hawkeedawg - Sep 18, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Devils fans and followers…
    Not sure if you realize how lucky you are. First, you have had a top notch goalie with no attitude and a proven winner with Marty. Now you are getting a Marty clone. Schneids is one of the most level headed guys around and maybe not quite Marty’s caliber yet, he is very close or will be. I think Schneids will stay with your “Model of Consistency” team when he sees that the team always has a chance to make the playoffs. I can’t think of another team that has had back to back long term goalies with all those quality characteristics.

    Oh, yeah…I am a Canuck fan.

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