Schneider excited for new start with Devils
Acquired at Sunday's NHL Draft for the ninth-overall pick
The Devils made the biggest move of Sunday's NHL Draft at Prudential Center when they dealt the ninth-overall pick to Vancouver for goaltender Cory Schneider, who spoke to newjerseydevils.com about the trade:
What was your reaction to the news?
Schneider: A little surprising. Obviously, there have been rumors around that I could be moved, but I guess I've kind of heard my name in rumors for the last five or six years. I signed an extension with Vancouver; I wasn't sure that [a trade] was going to happen so I was kind of getting used to the idea of staying there. But I'm really excited to be coming to New Jersey. I've always followed them; I've been a fan of Marty Brodeur's since I was younger. To potentially get work with him is going to be incredible. Just to see him coming off a Stanley Cup finals trip just a year ago, I know they have a lot of good pieces in place. For me being a Boston guy, it's really nice to be able to come back to the East coast. Vancouver's pretty far away from Boston.
How did you find out?
Actually, through the media. Somebody from TSN who I know texted me saying, 'Have you heard about Jersey?' I said, no. And he said, 'I think it's about to happen.' Sure enough, I just turned the Draft on right as [NHL Commissioner] Gary [Bettman] was coming to the podium with a trade to announce. Very shortly thereafter, [GM] Mike Gillis from Vancouver called me and told me the bad news from their side. Then Lou Lamoriello called me right after that and told me the great news from his side. It happened pretty quickly, but it's great to get this opportunity.
Is it a relief to have closure with the situation in Vancouver?
It's something that's been going on for a while now and Roberto [Luongo] and I, we've worked well through it. We've been friends and we've been in touch, actually, the past few days. From a teammate standpoint, or a former teammate now, I'm just hoping that he ends up in a good place so that he can end up back in Vancouver and be successful. It's good to have some closure one way or another. Again, I said I wasn't expecting to get traded, but we always knew it was a possibility and that's how it happened. But it's exciting to get a new opportunity and join a new organization.
What's your take on what's now a three-goalie situation in New Jersey?
Obviously they're both veteran guys. I know Johan [Hedberg] played in Vancouver for a little bit and they really enjoyed him there and had nothing but good things to say about him, and Marty's the best goalie that ever played the game. I'm not sure what's going to happen or how it's going to shake out, but just to work with either or both of those guys, it'll be a tremendous opportunity for me to learn and become a better goalie.
Do you know any of the guys on the team now?
I know a couple from BC [Boston College] actually. Stephen Gionta and Peter Harrold were both there when I was there, so it'll be great to have a few familiar faces to ask questions and run a few things by. Other than that, I'm not overly familiar with anybody else on the team.
How about coming from the West and stepping into some intense Eastern rivalries against the Rangers, Flyers, and Penguins?
It's definitely a tough division, the old Atlantic Division. Pittburgh, Philly, and the Rangers and Islanders, it's going to present a great challenge. I know New Jersey's always kind of prided itself on its defense and playing tight in their own end, so hopefully we can continue that and limit some of those high-powered offenses. For me, it's going to be a unique challenge. I'm not very familiar with the shooters out East, I really haven't played against them a whole lot. Hopefully that won't take too much of an adjustment period.