In a shocking turn of events, the Devils have acquired G Cory Schneider from the Vancouver Canucks for the Devils’ 9th overall pick in this year’s draft. The crowd received the news well at the Prudential Center and it now seems that the Devils have found Martin Brodeur’s temporary replacement.
The Devils may not have a first round draft pick until 2015. The NHL penalized the Devils for the rejected contract involving Ilya Kovalchuk in 2010. They won’t have a pick in round one next year.
Schneider is coming off a fairly good year and could prove as a good replacement for Martin Brodeur. He has reportedly been severely out of the loop at Vancouver and apparently hasn’t spoken to Vancouver much at all, including when his name was being thrown around in trade rumors. Schneider only has a couple years left on his contract which hardly makes him a permanent replacement for Brodeur, but if he ends up enjoying his time at New Jersey he might stay.
Martin Brodeur’s contract expires at the end of next season and it is very likely that he will retire before even becoming a UFA in the offseason.
Johan Hedberg becomes an unrestricted free agent after next season and all signs point to him not returning as he is also up there in age and he may even retire too once his contract expires.
More speculation to come on how this move impacts the Devils will be released soon.