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The future of goaltending in New Jersey has been a huge question mark surrounding the Devils since last season, but GM Lou Lamoriello found the long-term solution on Sunday by acquiring Cory Schneider.
In 98 career appearances, Schneider is 55-26-8 with a 2.20 GAA and nine shutouts. He is also 1-4 with a 2.59 GAA in 10 playoff games.
At age 27, Schneider can finally get out of the unstable backup role in Vancouver and learn from Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur before taking over the starting role.
Lamoriello made it clear that Brodeur will be the No. 1 goaltender going into next season, but it is very likely the two goaltenders will be splitting time evenly. Brodeur has sat out at least 19 games in each of the past three seasons and is becoming more and more reliant on his backup.
Johan Hedberg is still on the roster despite the trade, but all signs point to Moose either being bought out or traded before free agency begins on July 5. Hedberg has discussed his future with Lamoriello this week, but don't expect him to be on the roster by October.
If Hedberg doesn't want to go to the AHL, he'll likely be with a new team next season. He may be one of the better guys to be around in the locker room, but his performance last year was a red flag for a team that needs a quality backup.
It should also be noted that the Devils got a steal with this Schneider deal. Lamoriello only had to give up the No. 9 pick in this year's draft, even when the Edmonton Oilers offered the No. 7 pick, a prospect and a player to be named later.
It was just Lou being Lou, and despite not drafting a goaltender besides Anthony Brodeur, New Jersey still managed to lock up the future in net for years to come.