Cory Schneider is on his way out of Vancouver after the Canucks made a draft-day trade. The 27-year-old goaltender was traded to the New Jersey Devils for the ninth overall draft pick.
The Canucks used the pick to draft Bo Horvat, a center from the London Knights of the OHL who was tearing up junior hockey this past season.
Cory Schneider wasn’t the Canucks first choice in terms of trade bait as they preferred to move Roberto Luongo. The Canucks shopped Luongo last season but a deal never came due to his long-term contract.
Now the Devils have a replacement for Martin Brodeur after he retires. The 41-year-old will go down as one of the best goaltenders to stand between the pipes in NHL history, so Schneider will have his work cut out for him once he takes over in New Jersey.
The Canucks general manager, Mike Gillis, released a statement after the trade that sent Cory Schneider to the Devils.
“Today’s decision was made after a thorough review of our options and in the interest of improving this team long-term through the draft and development of players,” Gillis said in the statement. “We appreciate the high level of professionalism and conduct both Cory and Roberto have shown while continuing to help this team be competitive.”
The move has already stirred up trouble on Twitter as multiple Canucks’ fans aren’t too pleased with the move. Nevertheless, Schneider will join the Devils in hopes of bringing them back to the Stanley Cup.
Martin Brodeur will be back with the Devils in 2014 and it’s unknown when he will retire from the game. Last season, he posted a 13-9-7 record with a 2.22 goals against average so his skills surely haven’t fallen off too much.
It’s tough to imagine Brodeur on the bench, but with Schneider coming in there’s no telling what could happen.
Did the Vancouver Canucks make the right decision by trading Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils?
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