When the Devils' season ends - next Sunday if they don't make the playoffs - they'll head into an offseason that promises to be very interesting.

One of management's biggest issues will be how to move forward at goaltender.

Martin Brodeur, 41 and in the final year of his contract, likely will end his great run with the Devils … possibly by retiring but probably by signing elsewhere, if he can find a team that will commit to him at least as a frequently used backup.

Cory Schneider? He has a year to go on his contract, but this summer will be huge for his future in New Jersey, which can lock him up to a contract extension beginning July 1.

The Devils’ traded the 9th overall pick of the 2013 draft to the Vancouver Canucks last summer to get Schneider, and although he's been terrible in shootouts and struggled with his puck handling, his goals-against average is down to 2.02 and third best in the league after his strong performance Saturday in the Devils' 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Thus it seems very likely that Devils management will make a strong attempt to get Schneider signed to a long-term deal so that he can’t walk after the 2014-15 season.

If Schneider doesn't sign, then all bets are off. The 28-year-old could be traded again before next season and Brodeur could be re-signed.