by pcoffey on 07/09/14 at 05:28 PM ET
The Cory Schenider era is now fully underway after the goalie signed a long-term deal with the New Jersey Devils Wednesday.
The contract is worth a reported $6 million per season according to Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record and takes away the ugly possibility that Schneider could leave as an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season.
Now, with Martin Brodeur almost assuredly out of the picture in New Jersey, the Devils have their new No. 1 goalie solidly in place.
Brodeur remains an unrestricted free agent, but with Devils General Manager indicating that Keith Kinkaid will be given the chance to be the backup, and with Scott Clemmensen back in the organization, there is really no need to have Brodeur return. The veteran has said that he will take his time and survey the NHL landscape this summer in order to find a good fit for what he sees as his final NHL season.
Since the Devils acquired Schneider from the Vancouver Canucks for a first round draft pick at the 2013 Entry Draft, the transition in New Jersey's goal has been under way. Schneider, 28, clearly is the present and future for New Jersey.
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