Three Brodeurs aim to impress at development camp

While Martin Brodeur’s future with the New Jersey Devils remains uncertain, one thing is for sure: there’s more where that came from.

Brodeur’s three sons, Anthony, Jeremy and William have looked to make dad proud this week at the Devils development camp (NHL, July 15).

Anthony, 19, is the oldest of the three, chosen in the seventh round (No. 208) by the Devils in the 2013 NHL draft. He played 30 games in goal with the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL last season going 13-10-2 with two shutouts. While that wasn’t the type of season he necessarily was oping for statistically, he still appreciates the chance to grow on the ice.

“It was a great learning experience and I thought I played well for the circumstances I was put under,” Anthony said. “I expect a better season [in 2014-15] since the expectation is I’ll be the No. 1 goalie.”

Jeremy and William, the twins at 17-years-old, both had stand out seasons at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Minnesota. Jeremy will play of the Oshawa Generals in goal in the OHL this upcoming season while William will play one more year for Shattuck as a forward.

While the two have yet to become draft eligible, they are excited for the opportunities that come from the Devils development camp.

“It was hard adjusting to shots during the camp because of how quick they’re coming in,” Jeremy said. “It’s a faster pace. It’s a hard pace but it’s hockey and it’s the next level. The challenge is good for me since I’m heading to Oshawa and a lot of these players in camp play in those leagues so I need to know what it’s like.”

Brodeur may sign during season

Martin Brodeur’s agent said Sunday that the goalie has spoken with a few teams, but may wait until the season begins to sign a deal for the 2014-2015 season (Bergen Record, July 13).

The Devils won’t be bringing back the 42-year-old, who’s been with the team since they drafted him in 1990. They signed goalie Cory Schneider to a 7-year deal last Wednesday, and will be moving on without Brodeur.

Many teams have already signed their backup goalies. But leaving the possibility open to sign in-season means Brodeur could step in if a team’s has to deal with a goalie injury.

“Marty has a lot to offer, but it will be the right fit and this may come later this summer or even early in the season. He is in no rush until the right fit appears,” his agent Pat Brisson said.

Cory Schneider

Devils re-sign Cory Schneider to multi-year deal

The Devils have announced that they have re-signed goaltender Cory Schneider to a multi-year contract.

“I’m excited to be a New Jersey Devil for a long time, hopefully the rest of my career,” Schneider said on a conference call (Gulitti, July 9).

Schneider’s contract will be $6 million per season over seven years (Chere, July 9). The team will not confirm the contract details, per team policy.

“With today’s signing, we have solidified our goaltending for the present and the future,” GM Lou Lamoriello said in a release. “Cory demonstrated throughout the year what he could bring to our organization, both on and off the ice.“

Schneider would have been eligible for free agency after this season.

Lamoriello conference call at 4 p.m.

Lou Lamoriello has scheduled a 4 p.m. for Wednesday. The team did not say what the call was for.

DeBoer: ‘I’m real excited about the upcoming year’

Devils’ Head Coach Pete DeBoer spoke to The Record on Wednesday about how he feels about the team heading into the 2014-2015 season (Gulitti, July 8). He discussed how the success of other nearby teams influences their mindset. 

“The key is to recognize what separated you from the Rangers of this year and to try and close that gap and fix that,” he said.

DeBoer talked logistics, too. Coaches will meet during the team’s rookie camp and continue to work towards the season after that.

He also went into detail about personnel, including the additions of Mike Cammalleri and Martin Havlat, as well as the development of goalie Cory Schneider and his new role as the starter.

“This guy more than anybody in the organization and maybe in the league deserves that opportunity,” he said. “He’s waited for the opportunity. He’s done all the right things. I’m really looking forward the level he can get to playing 60, 65 games.”

On Brodeur’s departure, DeBoer said, “It’s tough to close that chapter.”

Cory Schneider

Rumor: Schneider’s next deal may be for 7-years, $6 million per season

Goalie Cory Schneider‘s next contract could be $6 million per season over seven years, according to Greg Wyshynski (Yahoo Sports, July 7).

Schneider will be eligible for free agency after this season. The organization’s future is built around his goaltending and they’ll want him as their centerpiece to usher in the  post-Brodeur era, Wyshynski said.

If Schneider signs such a deal, his per-season money would eclipse the yearly salary of his predecessor.

Brodeur might fit in Columbus

Martin Brodeur won’t be back on the Devils next year, but where will he end up?

Columbus is an option, writes Larry Brooks (NY Post, July 5).

With Sergei Bobrovsky entrenched as the starter, there will be no question that Brodeur would be the backup.

Brooks also suggests Brodeur could serve as the backup in Pittsburgh, behind Marc-Andre Fleury.

Stephen Gionta signs two-year deal

The Devils signed Stephen Gionta to a two-year, one-way deal (Gulitti, July 1).

“He’s like the 6th player on a basketball team. He plays any role,” GM Lou Lamoriello said (Chere, July 1).

Gionta played in 66 games for the Devils last season, scoring four goals and adding 11 assists.