New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider was faced with the difficult task of replacing all-time great Martin Brodeur. But Scheider has made the most of his opportunity and once again solidified the Devils in goal for years to come, according to Mike Morreale of NHL.com.
When Schneider was acquired from Vancouver in 2013, Brodeur was the first person to contact Schneider and welcome him to New Jersey.
"I was like, 'Wow, Marty Brodeur is there and he's been there forever,'" Schneider said. "I knew the Devils had been his team for a long time, so I had to figure out a way to come in, treat Marty and the situation with a lot of respect, and just go from there."
Broduer, who will have his number retired by the Devils on Tuesday night, praised Scheider and the job he has done since supplanting him in goal.
"Everybody knew [Schneider] was coming in here to be the next one and it was fun to be part of it," Brodeur said. "You knew he was going to take my job eventually and I was nearing the end of my career. I think he's grown a lot since then too. The workload is big, but he loves to play a lot and the Devils are in really good hands having him between the pipes."
Schneider, 29, has a 23-16 record in games started with a 2.03 GAA and .930 save percentage. He was also named to his first career All-Star Game this season.