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Corey Schneider traded to the New Jersey Devils!


cory schneider2 Corey Schneider traded to the New Jersey Devils!

The New Jersey Devils made a splash in the opening hour of the 2013 NHL draft, dealing their ninth overall pick to the Vancouver Canucks to acquire goaltender Cory Schneider.

Schneider will likely serve as the heir apparent to 41-year-old Martin Brodeur, who has one year remaining on a two-year deal.

“I think for the future of the organization, it’s the best move,” Brodeur said. “I think Cory is one of the top five goalies in my mind in the NHL. I’m not going to play forever. I’m definitely going to try and push him and get the ice time as much as I can. But he’s the future of the organization.”

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello made it clear that Brodeur remains the team’s starting goaltender, but that the team is trying to move forward with stability in net.

“Marty is still the No. 1 goaltender. There’s no question of that. It’s just a question of how much he can play to keep him at the top of his game,” Lamoriello said. “This gives us that transition that we feel we would have loved to have gotten maybe a year ago if it was possible.”

Lamoriello said he had not yet spoken with Brodeur or backup Johan Hedberg, though both were present at the draft. The 40-year-old Hedberg has one year remaining on a two-year deal that includes a no-trade clause but does not include a no-move clause. Head to NBA Dunkers for NBA news!

“I’ve been a fan of Marty Brodeur’s since I was younger,” Schneider told the Devils’ website. “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.”

The Canucks selected center Bo Horvat with the acquired pick.

The move ends months of speculation out of Vancouver around the team’s goaltending situation. Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo has previously made clear his desire to be traded, though GM Mike Gillis began shopping Schneider instead in the days leading up to the draft.

“Today’s decision was made after a thorough review of our options,” Gillis said, “and in the interest of improving this team long-term through the draft and development of players. We appreciate the high level of professionalism and conduct both Cory and Roberto have shown while continuing to help this team be competitive.

“I would like to personally thank Cory for his contributions to our team and wish him the very best and a bright future.”

Luongo told TSN that he was “shocked.”

“I have to let this sink in and figure out what I’m going to do,” he said.

Gillis said he did not anticipate any issues with Luongo in the wake of the trade, though he did not speak to him before making the deal.

“He signed a long-term contract with our club for a lot of money and was very happy to do it,” Gillis said. “I don’t anticipate there being issues but I haven’t spoken to him.”

Luongo has nine years remaining on his 12-year, $64 million contract, one that has proven difficult to unload, particularly because of the massive penalties it could bring with the new cap-advantage recapture rule brokered in the new collective bargaining agreement.

The 27-year-old Schneider was 17-9-4 in 30 games for the Canucks this season.

“I think we’re getting a goaltender not only of the present but of the future,” Lamoriello said. “Certainly Marty is at the point where he can’t play the way he’s played as far as the number of games he’s played. This young man has proven to be a No. 1 goaltender. We feel great about it. I’ve spoken to him, he’s just excited to come here and work with Marty.”

Schneider fits right into New Jersey’s long-term plans. He has two years left on a contract that counts $4 million against the salary cap.

“It’s good to have some closure one way or another,” he 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.”

The Devils, a year after winning the Eastern Conference, did not make the postseason this year. The Canucks lost in the first round.

Brodeur has won two Olympic gold medals, playing for Canada (2002 and 2010). He also won the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the league’s top goaltender, four times, and will easily retire as the game’s best stickhandling goaltender.

But he had one more career highlight to add to the reel on Sunday. Brodeur helped steal the show when he made the announcement that the Devils had drafted his son, Anthony.

The Devils made a late trade to nab the 208th overall pick and one of the final ones in the seventh round. Brodeur took the microphone and announced Anthony’s name. Brodeur waited at the team’s draft table to present his 18-year-old son, also a goaltender, with a jersey.

“I grew up watching the Devils, cheering on the Devils, cheering on my dad,” Anthony said. “Being in this jersey right now, in this arena, it’s awesome.”

Anthony Brodeur’s friends and family in the stands erupted in cheers.

“It was getting late, but who cares,” Brodeur’s mother, Melanie said. “All he needs is a shot. We saw Lou walking around and we’re like, ‘Ok, this is good, keep walking.’ ”

New Jersey took the elder Brodeur in the 1990 first round. He received a brief taste of the NHL in 1991, and was there to stay in 1993, leading the Devils to the Eastern Conference finals in 1994.

Brodeur is still among the league’s most popular players and recently won a fan vote to make the cover of the “NHL 14″ video game coming out in September by EA Sports.

Brodeur, who met with the media before the trade was announced, refused to put a timetable on the end of his career.

“I’ve been watching a lot of games and a lot of goalies, and I’m like, ‘All right, I can still do that, too,’ ” he said. “I’m still excited about playing the game.”



2013 NHL Draft!


Round: 1
Rnd Pick Overall Team Player Pos Country Height Weight Amateur League Amateur Team
1 1 1 COL NATHAN MACKINNON C CAN 6′ 0″ 182 QMJHL HALIFAX
1 2 2 FLA ALEKSANDER BARKOV C FIN 6′ 3″ 209 FINLAND TAPPARA
1 3 3 TBL JONATHAN DROUIN LW CAN 5′ 10″ 186 QMJHL HALIFAX
1 4 4 NSH SETH JONES D USA 6′ 3″ 205 WHL PORTLAND
1 5 5 CAR ELIAS LINDHOLM C SWE 6′ 0″ 192 SWEDEN BRYNAS
1 6 6 CGY SEAN MONAHAN C CAN 6′ 2″ 187 OHL OTTAWA
1 7 7 EDM DARNELL NURSE D CAN 6′ 3″ 185 OHL SAULT STE. MARIE
1 8 8 BUF RASMUS RISTOLAINEN D FIN 6′ 4″ 207 FINLAND TPS
1 9 9 VAN BO HORVAT C CAN 6′ 0″ 206 OHL LONDON
1 10 10 DAL VALERI NICHUSHKIN RW RUS 6′ 4″ 202 KHL CHELYABINSK
1 11 11 PHI SAMUEL MORIN D CAN 6′ 6″ 202 QMJHL RIMOUSKI
1 12 12 PHX MAX DOMI C LW CAN 5′ 9″ 197 OHL LONDON
1 13 13 WPG JOSHUA MORRISSEY D CAN 5′ 11″ 186 WHL PRINCE ALBERT
1 14 14 CBJ ALEXANDER WENNBERG C SWE 6′ 1″ 190 SWEDEN-2 DJURGARDEN
1 15 15 NYI RYAN PULOCK D CAN 6′ 0″ 211 WHL BRANDON
1 16 16 BUF NIKITA ZADOROV D RUS 6′ 5″ 221 OHL LONDON
1 17 17 OTT CURTIS LAZAR C RW CAN 5′ 11″ 190 WHL EDMONTON
1 18 18 SJS MIRCO MUELLER D CHE 6′ 3″ 184 WHL EVERETT
1 19 19 CBJ KERBY RYCHEL LW USA 6′ 0″ 205 OHL WINDSOR
1 20 20 DET ANTHONY MANTHA RW CAN 6′ 3″ 190 QMJHL VAL-D’OR
1 21 21 TOR FREDERIK GAUTHIER C CAN 6′ 4″ 214 QMJHL RIMOUSKI
1 22 22 CGY EMILE POIRIER LW CAN 6′ 0″ 183 QMJHL GATINEAU
1 23 23 WSH ANDRE BURAKOVSKY LW AUT 6′ 1″ 178 SWEDEN-2 MALMO
1 24 24 VAN HUNTER SHINKARUK C LW CAN 5′ 10″ 181 WHL MEDICINE HAT
1 25 25 MTL MICHAEL MCCARRON RW USA 6′ 5″ 228 USHL USA U-18
1 26 26 ANA SHEA THEODORE D CAN 6′ 1″ 178 WHL SEATTLE
1 27 27 CBJ MARKO DANO C AUT 5′ 11″ 183 KHL BRATISLAVA
1 28 28 CGY MORGAN KLIMCHUK LW CAN 5′ 11″ 180 WHL REGINA
1 29 29 DAL JASON DICKINSON C CAN 6′ 1″ 179 OHL GUELPH
1 30 30 CHI RYAN HARTMAN RW USA 5′ 11″ 181 OHL PLYMOUTH

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Kris Letang and the Penguins finalize 8 year/$58M deal!


Kris Letang kris letang 18517895 1024 817 Kris Letang and the Penguins finalize 8 year/$58M deal!

The Pittsburgh Penguins and star defenseman Kris Letang were close to agreeing on an eight-year, $58 million contract extension Sunday just before the NHL entry draft, sources told ESPN.com.

Letang’s agent, Kent Hughes, and Penguins general manager Ray Shero still had to convene at the Prudential Center, where the draft is being hosted, to iron out the final details, sources said.

“The deal is not done yet; we are still working on it,” a Penguins source told ESPN.com.

But unless there are unforeseen, last-minute obstacles, it will be an eight-year extension paying him on average $7.25 million a year and containing a limited no-trade clause.

Letang still has one more year left on his current deal paying him $3.5 million. The new deal would kick in for the 2014-15 season.

On Thursday, Letang rejected a $56 million, eight-year offer from the Penguins, leading to speculation the Penguins might trade him.

But the two sides reconvened over the last few days here at the draft and managed to bridge the gap.



Daniel Alfredsson is back for at least one more season!


alfie1 cbc sean kilpatrick cp Daniel Alfredsson is back for at least one more season!

The Ottawa Senators announced Friday that captain Daniel Alfredsson has expressed interest in returning to the team for an 18th season.

“I was told late this morning that Daniel had a desire to come back and play for the Senators,” general manager Bryan Murray said on the team’s website. “So we now have an opportunity to negotiate with JP Barry, his agent and see if we can get a contract that should allow that to happen.”

Alfredsson, 40, had a salary-cap charge of $4.875 million in 2012-13, the final season of a four-year contract that started in the 2009-10 season. Murray said he hoped to begin talks on a new deal for Alfredsson sometime over the weekend.

“JP was traveling today so I really didn’t have a chance to get any other information other than Daniel informed him that he would like to play and that we should start talking,” Murray said. “That will start hopefully sometime over the weekend, and we’ll see where it takes us. Hopefully we can get a deal done fairly quickly.”

Earlier Friday, Alfredsson told a Swedish reporter that after taking some time off he felt a desire to return.

“I needed a few weeks to see if the necessary urge for summer training and pre-camp was there,” he said. “And it is.”

Alfredsson, captain since the start of the 1999-2000 season, led the Senators in scoring with 10 points in 10 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He tied for second on the Senators with 10 goals and was third with 26 points in 2012-13, playing 47 of 48 games.

Taken by the team in the sixth round of the 1994 NHL Draft, Alfredsson is the franchise’s all-time leader in games played (1,176), goals (426), assists (682) and points (1,108). He’s second in goals and third in points among Swedish-born NHL players.

Alfredsson said though the chance to play for Sweden in the 2014 Olympics in Russia wasn’t a driving force to his return, the opportunity to represent his country at the Games for a fourth time would be something special. He had team-highs of five goals and 10 points in eight games to help Sweden win the gold medal at the 2006 Games.

“The chance to maybe play one more Olympics wasn’t part of my decision to continue but I’d like to, of course,” he said.



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