NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Cory Schneider is officially the present and the future of the Devils.
The veteran goaltender was signed to multi-year extension Wednesday, general manager Lou Lamoriello announced. Sportsnet reported the deal to be worth $42 million over seven years.
The extension will kick in beginning in the 2015-16 season. Schneider is due to make $4.5 million next season.
“The first word that comes is excitement,” Schneider said in a conference call with reporters. “I’m excited to be a New Jersey Devil for a long time, hopefully for the rest of my career. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet but this is something that Mr. Lamoriello and the ownership and myself all wanted to get done.
“They were very serious about it, which was great,” Schneider added. “We didn’t go back and forth too much. We were both on the same page and we wanted to do something that was good for both of us. To have that kind of commitment and belief in me was good for me to see and made the decision all that much easier.”
Schneider’s deal includes a no-trade clause.
“I tend to be a loyal guy. I don’t have any interest in bouncing around from team to team,” Schneider said. “I found a place I really like and I think will be really good for me, my career and my family.”
Acquired from the Vancouver Canucks for a first round pick on draft day in 2013, Schneider was due to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2014-15 season.
“We’re pleased to announce that we have solidified our goaltending for not only this year but for the future,” Lamoriello said.
Schneider, 28, split time with Martin Brodeur during the 2013-14 season, posting a 16-15-12 record, 1.97 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in 45 appearances. Brodeur, 42, is currently a free agent after spending his entire 21-year career with the Devils.
“I think it was made very clear you don’t sign this kind of extension if they didn’t believe I was the guy or I didn’t believe I was going to be the guy,” Schneider said. “There was sort of a mutual understanding without it being said that this is how things we progressing and this is the next step in my evolution.
“I don’t think either side makes that kind of commitment if you don’t believe you’re going to be the guys for next year and many years to come,” he added.
In 143 career appearances spanning six NHL seasons, Schneider is 71-41-20 with a 2.25 GAA, .925 save percentage, and 12 shutouts.
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