That Martin Brodeur will start in net for Devils tonight in Edmonton was actually the secondary news Sunday afternoon. Even the media that cover the Oilers were more interested in knowing who the Devils’ starting goaltender will be Tuesday night in Vancouver. That it will be Cory Schneider who played 98 games for the Canucks over five seasons before being traded to the Devils this summer is sure to cause quite a stir in British Columbia and across Canada. With Canucks backup Eddie Lack playing in Sunday night’s game in Calgary that sets it up for Schneider to face his friend and former goaltending partner Roberto Luongo. "I’m sure it will be quite a big deal in Vancouver but I don’t want it to be a distraction and take away from our group" Schneider said Sunday. "It’s a big game [tonight] and then back-to-back against a good team in Vancouver. They’re pretty important points and games so I don’t want it to be any more than that." After the soap opera Schneider and Luongo went through in Vancouver over the last two seasons there seems to be little chance of that. Luongo got the Canucks within one game of winning the Stanley Cup in 2011 but faltered late in the Finals against Boston further stoking a debate about whether Schneider should take over as the No. 1. Schneider who was drafted 26th overall by the Canucks in 2004 did become Vancouver’s No. 1 last season but then became the goaltender to be replaced two games into a first-round playoff sweep by San Jose. Still everyone including Luongo and Schneider thought Luongo would be traded last summer — until the Canucks surprised everyone by dealing Schneider to the Devils for the ninth overall pick in the 2013 draft. "It’s pretty recent but I’ve moved on" Schneider said. "I’m all in with this team and these guys. It will be strange playing against some of the guys I played with for a long time but once the puck drops it will be just another hockey game."
Canada abuzz over Devils' Cory Schneider
Bergen Record | Oct 7