New Jersey Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello expressed how important it is to sign goaltender Cory Schneider this offseason. After the Devils were eliminated, Lamoriello said it was his top priority to extend the 28-year-old goaltender.
Schneider has expressed that he is waiting for a guaranteed amount of 60 starts this upcoming season. It does not matter who the backup is, whether it is Martin Brodeur, someone from Albany, or a free agent backup goaltender, as long as he gets his 60 games.
It is no question that Lou is going to guarantee him the games, he deserves it, but how much will his contract be worth?
Schneider had a phenomenal statisical season in 2013-14, posting a third-ranked 1.97 GAA and a 14th-ranked .921 SV%. Here is a list of five comparable goaltenders and their cap hits via CapGeek:
1. Jaroslav Halak, NYI, .921 SV%, 2.25 GAA, Contract – 4 years $4,500,000 AAV.
2. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR, .920 SV%, 2.36 GAA, Contract – 7 years $8,500,000 AAV. Wut?
3. Kari Lehtonen, DAL, .919 SV%, 2.41 GAA, Contract – 5 years $5,900,000 AAV.
4. Ryan Miller, STL, .918 SV%, 2.64 GAA, Contract – 5 years $6,250,000 AAV.
5. Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ, .923 SV%, 2.38 GAA, Contract – 2 years $5,625,000 AAV.
Those five goalies are comparable statistically to Schneider and played upwards of 60-games on the year. All together, these five goaltenders cap hit’s average out to $6,155,000 AAV. Of course Lundqvist’s extreme over payment of $8.5 million skews the numbers, but that is a fair price for Schneider’s play.
If I were Lou, I would guarantee the 60-games for Schneider and hand him a blank check. Obviously the number he writes down would have to be within reason, no Hanky Panky numbers please.
My prediction is the contract extension for Cory Schneider will be in the ballpark of six years, $36-million, $6,000,000 AAV. That would bring Schneider to a fair age of 34 and a lengthy term that is reasonable for both sides.