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Under Pressure: Cory Schneider

Aug 30, 2014, 3:06 PM EST

Cory Schneider AP

New Jersey Devils fans will never ask “Marty who?,” but the job of trying to get the franchise back to the glory days once enjoyed with Martin Brodeur now rests firmly on the shoulders of Cory Schneider.

That won’t be easy as Brodeur led the Devils to Stanley Cup victories three times and won the Vezina Trophy four times.

“Marty’s legacy is what it is,” Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello told NHL.com. “Cory’s not here to replace Marty. Cory’s here to establish his own identity, which he has done, and go forward with that.”

Schneider, 28, signed a new seven-year, $42 million contract extension in July, which will take him through the 2021-22 season.

In his first season in New Jersey, Schneider went 16-15-12 while appearing in 45 games during the 2013-14 season. His 1.97 GAA ranked third in the league.

However, with the Devils lacking goal-scoring, they missed the playoffs for a second straight season after getting to the Stanley Cup final during the 2011-12 season. New Jersey ranked 29th in 5-on-5 goals-for last season ahead of only Buffalo.

Schneider has been waiting for this opportunity since entering the league during the 2008-09 season and will likely be the franchise’s starting goaltender for many years to come.

He’s more than capable of handling the duties of a 60-plus games a season and considering what it cost Lamoriello to land him (a first round pick in 2013) Schneider is a steal.

This coming season Schneider won’t have the safety net of Brodeur, 42, to help him out if things go sideways. Rookie Keith Kinkaid, 25, is pencilled in to be Schneider’s backup in 2014-15.

The pressure is on Schneider to prove he can handle the opportunity he’s been waiting for for six seasons. If he can’t handle the duties expected of a No. 1, it’ll be a third straight season outside the playoff picture in New Jersey.

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  1. philiver - Aug 30, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    You’re right, Devils fans will never ask “Mary who?”

    • thesportsjudge - Aug 30, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      More quality work here at pht!!!!

  2. mcphillthy - Aug 30, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    If anything Schneider is the only solid guy on that whole roster. 1.97 gaa and you can’t make the play offs? I feel bad for the guy. If anyone is under pressure its the entire devil’s offense.

  3. 950003cups - Aug 30, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Dhiren, do you watch hockey?

  4. thailer35 - Aug 30, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    O’Brien has been dethroned! This new guy is now the worst writer on this blog!

    • 950003cups - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      LOLOLOL

  5. bush1069 - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Guess we have to give the guy a break….you know the 30th team out of 30…he mailed it in…like all good Canadiens

  6. blomfeld - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    “IT’LL BE TOUGH, BUT THEY’LL MAKE IT THIS YEAR” …

    So said my friend Wolfgang Meyer (news publisher and expert in ‘advanced’ rocket propulsion theory) earlier today upon reading this story by comrade Mahiban. In fact, Meyer went on to say that the Devils are now in ‘good hands’ with the World’s # 5 guarding their back end ! :)

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Martin Jones
    3) Jonathan Bernier
    4) Ben Scrivens
    5) Cory Schneider :)

    28) Henrik Lundqvist
    29) Alexander Ovechkin
    30) Roberto Luongo

  7. zoojersey - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    I do agree Cory is under pressure. He still is not an established number one, this is finally his shot at proving it, and I’m hoping he does.

    I’m also not sold that “he’s more than capable of handling the duties of a 60-plus games season”, simply because he never has done it, he did come close once, with 60 in the AHL.

    Also, I’m curious about Cory’s backup, I mean we did pick up Scott Clemmensen as an insurance policy on a two way contract. Who, even at 37, is probably more capable than Kinkaid at this stage.

    Would be nice to read articles on forward lack of production, head coach decisions and motivation/leadership issues. Cory is the last thing to worry about on this team.

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