NEWARK, N.J. — The New Jersey Devils have acquired goalie Cory Schneider from the Vancouver Canucks for the ninth pick in the NHL draft.
The Canucks selected center Bo Horvat on Sunday at the Prudential Center.
Schneider seems in line to be the eventual successor to Martin Brodeur in net. Schneider was on the market once the Canucks were unable to dump high-priced goalie Roberto Luongo.
Brodeur, the NHL’s career wins leader, and Johan Hedberg were the oldest goalie tandem in the league last season.
Schneider can now be groomed to take over for Brodeur, 41, one of the NHL’s all-time great goalies. Brodeur developed a neck injury in February and missed almost a month. Johan Hedberg took over and the team went 3-8-2.
Brodeur has only ever played for New Jersey, and has led the Devils to three Stanley Cup titles (1995, 2000, 2003).
Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis has been wrestling with a tough goaltender situation for some time. Both Schneider and Luongo have the skill-sets to be full-time NHL starters, and have been so over their careers. But as the team moves forward into a new era with new coach John Tortorella behind the bench, it was Schneider who was moved out.
Schneider is only 27, and 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.
The Devils, a year after winning the Eastern Conference, did not make the postseason this year. The Canucks lost in the first round.
Pens trade Kennedy
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins selected goaltender Tristan Jarry in the second round of the NHL Draft.
Taken 44th overall, Jarry was Pittsburgh’s first pick of the day. He was 18-7, with a 1.61 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage for the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League this season. The 6-foot, 1-inch, 180-pound netminder backed up Laurent Brossoit the past two seasons.
Pittsburgh was slated to make its first pick of the day during the third round (77th overall) before agreeing to a deal with the Sharks, sending forward Tyler Kennedy to San Jose in exchange for a second-round pick. The Penguins sent that pick along with their second pick of the third round (89th overall) to Columbus in exchange for the 44th overall pick.
Champion Blackhawks trade Bolland
NEWARK, N.J. — Dave Bolland’s Game 6 game winner is the last goal he’ll score for the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Stanley Cup champions traded Bolland to the Toronto Maple Leafs for three draft picks Sunday at the NHL draft. The Blackhawks received the 51st and 117th picks in this year’s draft, and a fourth-rounder next season.
The Boston Bruins had a 2-1 lead with 2 minutes left in Game 6, and the Stanley Cup was all but packed away for a Game 7 back in Chicago.
But then Bryan Bickell tied it with 1:16 left, and Bolland scored 17 seconds later to give the Blackhawks the lead.