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Schneider/Brodeur redux? DeBoer ready for it just in case

May 31, 2014, 4:41 PM EDT

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If the New Jersey Devils bring back future Hall of Fame goalie Martin Brodeur next season, coach Peter DeBoer is prepared for it just in case.

For the first time in his career, Brodeur was outperformed by a teammate. In this case it was Cory Schneider who put up superior numbers and earned more starts. Brodeur spoke often about how he might need to go elsewhere next season if the Devils don’t want him back.

If Brodeur does return to Newark, the coach won’t be caught off guard as Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger shares.

“Those decisions are made above me, but if Lou (Lamoriello) and Marty decide that it’s best for everybody, absolutely we’d welcome him back,” DeBoer said.

“If those two decide it’s in the best interests of everybody that he comes back, of course we’d welcome him back. I mean, why wouldn’t we? He’s a great teammate, a great pro.”

It’s clear at this point in his career that Brodeur, 42, is more of a backup than a starter. His numbers compared to Schneider’s last season bore that out. Brodeur stopped pucks at a decidedly average .901 clip while Schneider did so at a .921 save percentage.

Brodeur still has the desire and the wont to start, but it might make more sense for the Devils to give Schneider more starts than he had last season if they want to return to the playoffs.

  1. 950003cups - May 31, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    That’s not the reason they missed the playoffs. Scoring was.

    • polishblue - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:33 AM

      lol heres a taste of your own ”troll” medicine…

      ..lets go rangers

    • thejrod2006 - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      Not necessarily. If Schneider started closer to 65-70 games, it stands to reason that the Devils would’ve played better, and 3 more regulation wins would’ve gotten them in despite their goalscoring issues.

      They need to move on from Marty though, and now is the ideal time with his contract up and an obvious replacement already in-house. I don’t see what resigning Brodeur accomplishes for the Devils, unless the goal is to annoy Schneider to the point where he leaves in free agency after next season and lose a top-10 pick for a 2 year Schneider rental. Let him go chase 700 wins somewhere else.

  2. hockeyornothing - May 31, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    I second that

  3. hockeyornothing - May 31, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    If they do bring Marty back he needs to accept a role has teacher for Schneider and be a great teammate and maybe retire gracefully like Selanne

  4. canucks30 - May 31, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Canucks Dream Scenario:

    Schneider plays out the final year of his contract next year and then signs with Vancouver (new GM and Head Coach) as an UFA.

    Devils trade Bo Horvat to the Canucks for renting Schneider for 2 years.

  5. billiam55 - May 31, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    is ready for the shootouts this year?

  6. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 31, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Cory Schneider may be the better goalie at this stage of Brodeur’s career but the dude is just downright awful in shootouts. If the Devils would have won … what … 5 outta the 13 shootouts they lost … then they wouldn’t have missed the playoffs? They still would have got knocked out in the first round cause the only one who could score was Jagr … but still.

    • thejrod2006 - Jun 1, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      I think as the Devils address the offense, the shootout issues will correct themselves. Scoring more goals in general means less overtime (The Devils had 27 of 82 games go to OT), which means less shootout opportunities and a better chance of winning the shootout when you get there. Part of the shootout is luck, but the Devils weren’t particularly skilled either, so they made their own luck as far as I’m concerned.

      I don’t think Schneider or Brodeur played particularly well at all in the shootout this year, but to rip the goalies for not standing on their heads in a skills competition is silly. The Devils scored 4 shootout goals in what, 44 attempts? Their forwards gave them little chance to win any of the 13 shootouts they lost.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jun 1, 2014 at 7:45 PM

        I agree with you about the 100% about the offense. Wasn’t ripping the goalies as so much as I was pointing out a fact. Cory Schneider is an excellent goalie. Top 5 in my opinion. He just sucks at shootouts.

        In fairness though, didn’t the Devils give up the opening shoot out round goal in the large majority of those shoot outs. Yes they certainly need to score more on the shootout and most certainly need to score enough so it never gets that far … but it’s kinda hard to get back in a shootout when your down one to zip almost all the time.

  7. flyboystransport - May 31, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Philly would take him in a back up role……

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