Devils Re-sign Goalie Cory Schneider
The New Jersey Devils turned to a new page on Wednesday when they handed out a new contract extension to goaltender Cory Schneider. This likely ends Martin Brodeur’s chapter in New Jersey and means that Schneider is the guy between the pipes for the present and the future.
The Devils are placing a lot of faith in the 28-year-old net minder, whose career high of games played is only 45 (achieved last year with the Devils). Schneider should be set to repay that faith with a lot of good play if his numbers from last year continue over longer stretches and throughout the seasons of his new contract. At this time however, as per club policy, no further terms of the contract were disclosed.
Schneider’s record last season may read 16-15-12, but he was about as stout as possible for a tough-luck Devils team. He recorded a 1.97% goals against average — third best in the NHL, and the 13th best save percentage at .921. In his final five games of the season for the Devils, he only allowed six goals but lost three of the games (two in overtime and one in regulation in which he only allowed one goal to Calgary).
Between Vancouver and now New Jersey, Schneider has amassed a career 71-41-20 record with 12 shutouts. He’s proven he can win, and now he will finally get his chance to be a number one goalie.
Devils’ President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello said about Schneider, “Cory demonstrated throughout the year what he could bring to our organization, both on and off the ice.”
Ask any general manager — good goaltending is hard to find in the NHL. The New Jersey Devils have been lucky to have Brodeur for so long, but his era is now dispatched to the franchise’s history books. The torch has been passed to another terrific goalie who stands at the ready to write more winning stories for this Devils team.
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