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Devils’ goalie Schneider ‘not thinking’ about contract extension

Feb 5, 2014, 9:36 PM EDT

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With Martin Brodeur now in the final years of his distinguished National Hockey League career, Cory Schneider is the goalie of the future with the New Jersey Devils.

However, a contract extension with the Devils seems the furthest thing from his mind at this point in the season. His current contract – a three-year, $12 million deal he signed when he was still with the Vancouver Canucks – expires at the end of the 2014-15 season.

“I don’t know,” Schneider recently told NJ.com. “That’s something that I really haven’t put a lot of thought into. I still have a lot to hopefully prove this season.

“We’re still trying to make the playoffs. That’s not even an option for another five or six months, so I’m not thinking about that at all right now.”

The Devils acquired the 27-year-old Schneider from the Canucks in exchange for the ninth overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft last June.

His record doesn’t correlate to his overall play this season. He has a 10-10-9 record, but an impressive .925 save percentage (seventh in the NHL), 1.91 goals-against average (second in the NHL), and three shutouts.

In his last outing, Schneider made 23 saves on 25 shots, but the Devils still lost 2-1 to the Colorado Avalanche in overtime.

New Jersey had a one-goal lead but allowed a late goal to send the game into overtime, before Ryan O’Reilly won it for Colorado. That prompted a frustrated Schneider to discuss his team’s recent collapses in games.

  1. 950003cups - Feb 5, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    The Devils are a disaster. They have two star names on their roster. Both are over 40 years old. Then you have Patrick Elias who’s close to 40 years old.

    They have a joke of a roster.

  2. 19to77 - Feb 5, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Without a huge turnaround next season I wouldn’t be surprised if he walked. He’s a top-10 netminder. He’ll be in demand. And the Devils aren’t in a position to make the best contract offer. If they’re this far back of playoff position same time next year, he’d have huge value at the trade deadline.

  3. thejrod2006 - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Devils are in a tricky spot. They should probably sell off some pieces this year for the future since they don’t have a ton of great prospects (at forward anyways), but you also want to show Schneider that you’re willing to do what it takes to contend. They’ve essentially benched Marty for Schneider, so he should be happy with his playing time, but you could see on Monday’s game that he was visibly frustrated after the Devils blew their third straight game in the closing minutes when the other team pulled the goalie for an extra skater. Bottom line, the Devils should be doing everything they can to make him want to sign long term. Money won’t be an issue….there’s new ownership with deep pockets and he’d probably get a deal similar to the one Rask got last year in terms of length and dollars and the Devils will be able to afford that as Marty probably won’t be back. It’s a matter of if Cory likes New Jersey enough to sign long term, and a big part of that should be if he thinks they can contend.

    The Devils have to make the effort this summer to sign him when they are eligible to do so. You can’t give up a Top 10 pick for the guy only to have him walk in FA after two years. If he won’t sign, then you have to swallow your pride and flip him for a combination of players and picks, but it’s critical that you don’t lose him for nothing in 2014-2015. The Devils can’t afford to do that on top losing Parise and Kovalchuk the last two years and not having a first this year.

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