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Schneider excited for new start with Devils

Acquired at Sunday's NHL Draft for the ninth-overall pick

Sunday, 06.30.2013 / 6:20 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Schneider excited for new start with Devils

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.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51