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Schneider to make third straight start, ‘in the net now to stay’

Oct 23, 2013, 1:41 PM EDT

Cory Schneider #35 of the New Jersey Devils skates to the net during the first period against the New York Rangers in a preseason game at the Prudential Center on September 16, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.
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Cory Schneider already usurped Roberto Luongo‘s starting job in Vancouver. Now it appears he’s done the same to Martin Brodeur in New Jersey.

Schneider will make his third straight start tomorrow at home versus his old team, the Canucks — a decision New Jersey head coach Peter DeBoer said was difficult to make, what with the other guy being the “greatest goalie of all time” and whatnot.

“It’s never easy. We’ve got two very good goalies at different points in their career. One is the greatest goalie of all time and the other guy is a legitimate starter in this league. That situation is never easy,” DeBoer said, per The Star-Ledger.

“I think both guys have handled it very professionally so far. It hasn’t been an issue. (Schneider) has had experience with that in Vancouver (alongside Luongo). I think that’s helped him. On the flip side, Marty has been outstanding in his handling of it so far. You always worry about the mental state of guys that aren’t playing. The good news is we’ve got two top-flight professionals who are better people even than they are players. That helps.”

The Devils have only won once in their first nine games, so DeBoer can’t afford to worry about anything but turning things around. Schneider’s save percentage is .917; Brodeur’s is .865. Put like that, the decision isn’t a particularly tough one.

“I think [Schneider’s] in the net now to stay,” said Brodeur. “I don’t think that’s going to change. I’ll be ready if it does.”

  1. 950003cups - Oct 23, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Time to pass the torch. The team is in dire straits and we don’t need to allow the crappy defense to taint Brodeur’s legacy. Then again, if this team can’t get out of its own way, we might need him to do what he’s been so great at his whole career besides making saves. Act as the 3rd defenseman. We will never see another goalie handle the puck like Brodeur. However, all eyes are on Mike Smith for the season to see if he has some of those skills.

    • sunderlanding - Oct 23, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      Brodeur is a great goalie no doubt. Arguably the best ever. Anyone who doesn’t see that is ignorant, but he should’ve retired after the cup run they had. You have to know when to call it, and going out on top (almost) would’ve been a great end to a great career. Now it just looks like he was desperately hanging on.

      • jpelle82 - Oct 23, 2013 at 3:51 PM

        taking a backup role to a guy like schneider is not the most shameful exit. i think its pretty noble of him to see the dire straits the team is in and still be there to contribute, help pull them through it whatever way he can, whether its leadership, mentor role, or just flat out be a guy who can get you a win when you need it.

      • sunderlanding - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        I doubt he’s there to help them through tough times. He thinks they still have a chance. After that cup run he was probably convinced they would have a chance to win another.

    • avfanforlife - Oct 23, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      Yes – Arguably the best goaltender of our time. (I still favor Roy, but save that argument for a different thread) Wish the NHL would get rid of that lame trapezoid while Brodeur is still playing! We have the hybrid icing now so what’s the point? Let the goalies out and play the puck again!!!

  2. gbditka - Oct 23, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    This team will go nowhere as long as DeBoer and his “current” assistants are behind the bench with a roster of pathetic defensemen. — Lou — your legacy will be clouded based on the past 2 years!

  3. blomfeld - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    *** only yesterday at the People’s court ***

    Judge: would counsel for the Truth like to add anything further ?

    Blomfeld: not at this time your honor …

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