The New Jersey Devils bit on one of the more interesting trader rumors to float around on a draft day full of movement between rosters. The Vancouver Canucks were shopping backup netminder Cory Schneider and despite having a legend in net, the Devils agreed to acquire Schneider in exchange for the ninth overall pick in the draft.
But while they gave up a high draft pick to get Schneider, the Devils say that adding another goalie doesn’t at all mean Martin Brodeur is going to be pushed out of the No. 1 role with the team.
Lamoriello hasn’t talked to Brodeur about Schneider trade yet. “Marty is still a No. 1 goalie. No question there.”
— Rich Chere (@Ledger_NJDevils) July 1, 2013
basically what the trade means is that the Devils now have a viable backup to come in if Brodeur goes down with an injury again or to simply come in and give the future Hall of Famer a night off. Schneider backed up Roberto Luongo in Vancouver and saw some time but wasn’t named the starter like many thought he might be before last season started.
So while he’s not going to be improving his depth chart position he has improved his living condition as the Devils will give Schneider much more room to show his skills and will prime him to take over for Brodeur when he eventually steps away.