Wedensday afternoon, the New Jersey Devils announced that new comer Cory Schneider will be the starting goalie in the opening game tonight in Pittbsurgh. Schneider came over to New Jersey in a trade on the day of the draft from Vancouver, and played extremely well during the preseason. He’ll look to get the new look Devils started on the right track tonight against the most skilled team in the Metropolitan Division.
Coach Peter DoBoer said that he would like to give Martin Brodeur an extra night off after the recent passing of his father. And for the first time in 19 seasons, Martin Brodeur will not be the goalie in net for the New Jersey Devils on opening night. The last time a goalie other than Brodeur was given the keys to the crease on opening night was in 1993, when Chris Terreri got the nod against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Does this mark the end of the Brodeur era in New Jersey? DoBoer said that Marty will be ready to go for the home opener on Friday against the New York Islanders, but Brodeur isn’t the future in New Jersey, and Schneider has been more than ready to assume the number one position for a season or two.
The reign of the greatest goalie to ever play the game is coming to an end in New Jersey, and it’s making way to a younger, quicker, and more veristile goalie in Cory Schneider. Schneider and Brodeur are likely to split starts for most of the season, but when the season comes to an end, I’d look for a retirement announcement, and the keys to the net being handed over for full time duty to Schneider.
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