Cory Schneider of the New Jersey Devils has been here just seventh months after being traded from Vancouver during the NHL Entry Draft in Newark, New Jersey. He has not spent a whole season here yet, but his play has been remarkable.
He has taken over the starting role of the Devils and has been second in the NHL for goals against average for some time now. But there is one thing resting on the minds of the Devils and fans. Will Schneider take a long-term contract extension after this season?
Schneider, 27, is entering his last year of a 3-year $12-million contract and should expect a big raise from that.
Schneider told Randy Miller of NJ.com, “I don’t know. 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.”
Although he did not say he wants a contract extension from the Devils, he assured that he is happy in New Jersey. He said in that same article that he enjoys the area, teammates, staff, and people here in New Jersey.
He also told Miller that he likes how close it is to his hometown Marblehead, Mass., and the media attention here is much lighter than in Vancouver. The lack of media attention brings less pressure to players and some are attracted to that. For example, Nathan Horton said during the offseason he wanted to go to a smaller market to stray away from the media. He ultimately signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Schneider is just focused on this season and getting into a playoff spot. He is playing the best he possibly can. He just needs some offensive help to win some games. One or two goals a game will not get you into the playoffs even with the greatest goaltender in the world.
I truly believe that Schneider will re-sign in the summer. He has no reason not to. If I were Lou Lamoriello, come July 1st, I would hand Schneider a blank check and have him put down any number he wants. This would have to be within reason, of course, but the fact is he is a franchise goalie and you should not pass up that type of player.