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Schneider: No goalie controversy in Jersey, was just in ‘bad mood’

Nov 29, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

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The day after expressing frustration about his lack of starts, Cory Schneider made amends.

“It’s not directed at anybody or towards anybody,” Schneider told the Star-Ledger of his “Groundhog Day” remarks, comparing his current situation with Martin Brodeur to the one he had in Vancouver with Roberto Luongo.

“I fully understand the situation and respect what is going on and how well Marty has played and how he deserves to play. There’s one net so you have to find a way to co-exist and play well. I think we’re going to do that and we have. There won’t be any problems.”

Those remarks were in response to what Schneider said on Wednesday upon learning he’d be backing up Brodeur for a third consecutive game.

“It’s like Groundhog Day for me,” Schneider said, as per the Star-Ledger. “I can’t seem to escape it.”

On Friday, Schneider suggested a rough day at the office played a role in what he said.

“I’m good. I’m back to myself,” he explained. “Sometimes it’s just a bad day, bad practice, bad mood and things come out a certain way.”

Devils head coach Peter DeBoer said he wasn’t upset with the comments, adding he would’ve been “a little disappointed” if Schneider wasn’t frustrated over not playing.

Schneider will be in goal tonight to face the Hurricanes in Carolina.

  1. cambannedloinstache - Nov 29, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    “Devils head coach Peter DeBoer said he wasn’t upset with the comments, adding he would’ve been “a little disappointed” if Schneider wasn’t frustrated over not playing.”

    I know little of DeBoer other than his cleavage peak during the playoffs but that’s a great, fire-dousing response to an understandable vent.

  2. ibieiniid - Nov 29, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    this is smart patience. even if Schneider is playing better than Brodeur, its not an easy thing to fully replace a legend. Schneider should be patient and learn to sustain his play this entire season with as many games he can play. I think he’ll be more comfortable playing fulltime in NJ in the future if he can prove himself to the fans in a split-time situation. 28 isn’t that old for a goalie these days.

  3. ibieiniid - Nov 29, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    smart patience from Deboer*

  4. gbditka - Nov 29, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Hang in there Cory…Pete DeBoer’s days are hopefully numbered! Now that Kovalchuk, Parise and Clarkson have taken their skills and left town — he and his pathetic offense have been exposed! The world has to see that it was “the players” that took the Devils to the Cup Finals.

  5. kingcobraman - Nov 29, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Cory’s a true team first guy but just wants to play as the # 1, always seems to have a roadblock in front of him …. got to love the fire inside ….

  6. dandydan333 - Nov 29, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Hopefully his comments will light a fire under his teammates for more goal support when he’s minding the net like they give to Martin. It’s almost head-scratching to see a 1.5 goal a game difference in goals for by the Devils from Cory to Brodeur. He deserves better.

    He’s earned it in the league, even though he may be still earning his East Coast stripes after years out here in the Village of Vancouver. (Jim McKay lives on forever!)

    • cambannedloinstache - Nov 29, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      That’s the thing though, the Canucks did essentially the same thing to Schneider – treat his starts as gimmes (as they often were against “secondary” competition) and put in a half baked effort. His great numbers in Van were usually coinciding with a terrible team effort against an opponent wanting to stick it to Vancouver.

      • dandydan333 - Nov 29, 2013 at 4:46 PM

        I would agree that might have been the case early on, but not over the last 2 seasons.

    • bruinspaw - Nov 29, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      Its not really that much of a head scratcher. They trust Marty plain and simple. He has been the one consistency throughout the last 20 odd years Cory just has to build up trust, but its kind of a double edged sword he wont do that until he starts playing more and they can see what he can do. Still its early enough in the season that he could end up with more starts.

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