After toiling away as Roberto Luongo‘s backup in Vancouver for so many years, Schneider now has to fight Martin Brodeur for playing time. This all leads to questions about his long-term future with the Devils.
Schneider’s contract ends after the 2014-15 season so the Devils don’t exactly have to worry about re-signing him yet. However, the closer they get to him becoming a free agent, the more stressful it will become.
Schneider, like any goaltender, has always wanted to be an everyday starting goaltender. He obviously has the talent to do it but other goaltenders have always been in the way.
When NJ.com asked about his future in New Jersey, Schneider was non-committal.
“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.”
However, when asked how he felt about being in New Jersey, his answer was a little better if you’re hoping he’ll stay.
“It’s been good,” the 27-year-old said. “It was an adjustment. It was the first time I’ve been traded. There is some culture shock in getting used to a new organization, a new system, but I really enjoy my teammates and the staff and the people here. Everyone’s incredibly friendly and professional.
“I’ve really started to feel I’m getting more comfortable with everything. It just seems a little easier than it did at first, I guess.”
New Jersey is also closer to Schneider’s hometown of Marblehead, Massachusetts, another plus for him.
“It’s been really nice living in this area and being closer to home.”
When it’s all said and done, Scheider will most likely re-sign with New Jersey, but until he does there will always be that question.