Posts Tagged ‘Cory Schneider’

Top Line: Luongo feels bad about beating Schneider; more links

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It looks like Roberto Luongo is settling in to playing in the Sunshine State again. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

It looks like Roberto Luongo is settling in to playing in the Sunshine State again. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

• Roberto Luongo sounded almost apologetic after leading the Florida Panthers to a 4-3 win over his former teammate Cory Schneider and the New Jersey Devils last night.

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  • Published On Mar 15, 2014
  • Vancouver trades disgruntled goalie Roberto Luongo to Florida Panthers

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    Eddie Lack and Roberto Luongo

    Lack of experience: The Canucks now turn to unproven Eddie Lack (left) as Roberto Luongo departs. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    After an 18-month goaltending drama highlighted by trade demands, parody videos, emotionally charged press conferences and a rowdy, chanting crowd at the Heritage Classic, Canucks general manager Mike Gillis chose to hand his team’s net over to … Eddie Lack?

    Somehow the unheralded Swedish prospect finds himself the undisputed No. 1 keeper in Vancouver after a stunning trade on Thursday that sent long-time starter Roberto Luongo to Florida, where, deliciously, he’ll be partnered with 2011 Stanley Cup rival Tim Thomas.

    The Canucks also tossed minor league forward Steven Anthony into the package and will receive goaltending prospect Jacob Markstrom and forward Shawn Matthias in return. The Canucks will also pick up 15 percent of Luongo’s tab.

    That’s not exactly the sort of bountiful haul that will push Vancouver’s much-needed rebuild forward — Markstrom is 24 and has failed multiple times to seize a job in Florida — but this wasn’t a hockey trade for Gillis. This was about ending a soap opera that had gone on too long, and which had threatened to erupt again after Luongo was benched by coach John Tortorella for last Sunday’s Heritage Classic game.

    And it was about moving an unmovable contract that will count $5.333 million against the cap through the 2021-22 season.

    In those ways Gillis can call himself a winner. Vancouver can move on with Lack — a respectable young netminder — and some cap space which can be put to other uses moving forward.

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  • Published On Mar 04, 2014
  • The 13 biggest, most notable NHL team impact moves of 2013

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    Patrick Roy, Nathan MacKinnon and Joe Sakic restored hope to the Colorado Avalanche in 2013.

    Trio Grande: Patrick Roy, Nathan MacKinnon and Joe Sakic restored hope in Colorado. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Change, for lack of a better word, is good. It brings focus to an organization. Keeps a room fresh. Creates competition. Brings a team closer to its goal. Gives the fans reason to believe … if not now, then next year.

    Here’s our list of the 13 most noteworthy, impactful changes that were made during the course of 2013.

    MORE: 13 best players | Hits | Goals | Games | Memes | Tweets | Weird moments | Most painful |

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  • Published On Dec 27, 2013
  • Top Line: Cory Schneider’s Groundhog Day; Thanksgiving mystery; more links

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    Cory Schneider (Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

    Cory Schneider is stuck behind Martin Brodeur and not playing as much as he’d like. (Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • You have to feel for New Jersey netminder Cory Schneider. Ostensibly acquired over the summer to step into the No. 1 role, he’s instead playing backup to a veteran, just like he did in Vancouver. “It’s Groundhog Day for me. I can’t seem to escape it,” he said. The onus now falls on coach Peter DeBoer to find the balance that keeps both goalies happy and gives the Devils the best chance to win.

    • Thanksgiving is a uniquely North American holiday, making it a bit of a mystery to European-born NHLers.

    • So this is what it’s come to in Vancouver: John Tortorella is asking Roberto Luongo to be more like Ben Scrivens. Schneider may have gotten out of there just in time.

    • Cam Cole says the concussion suit initially filed by 10 players against the NHL will be easy for the league to defend, although a possible future case led by modern players might pose a different challenge.

    • Sidney Crosby says his focus is on the Penguins, but he’s starting to get in a Sochi frame of mind. He’s playing his best hockey since his 2011 concussion, setting him up to make a bigger impact than he did in Vancouver where, Golden Goal aside, he was pretty quiet.

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  • Published On Nov 28, 2013
  • Top Line: Florida Panthers trade rumors; another goofy goal; more links

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    Marc-Andre Fleury is now under the gun with Tomas Vokoun out three to six months

    Marc-Andre Fleury allowed a soft goal from center ice on Saturday night. (Hans Pennink/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Bruce Garrioch speculates about an impending fire sale in Florida, trade options for the Oilers and the possible availability of Rangers prospect Chris Kreider in this week’s Sunday column.

    • Another night, another entry into the brutal goal-allowed club. This time, it was Marc-Andre Fleury revisiting his playoff form by allowing one from center ice. Forget how nicely he’s rebounded from last spring’s playoff debacle. That softie is exactly why there’s almost no chance Team Canada officials consider him for Sochi.

    • Cory Schneider’s first exposure to the Devils/Rangers rivalry went pretty well. He earned his 10th career shutout and helped the team snap a franchise record seven-game losing streak as New Jersey won its first game of the season.

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  • Published On Oct 20, 2013
  • Team USA/Team Canada Olympic Goalie Power Rankings: Week 2

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    Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings

    Jonathan Quick’s skill ( Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Each Monday, we’ll rank the top contenders to man the pipes for Team USA and Team Canada in Sochi based on their play to date.

    Team USA

    1. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings: No surprise to see Quick make three stops in the shootout and preserve a win over the Hurricanes on Friday. He has a 70 percent save percentage in the skills competition, sixth-best among active goalies. That skill might come in handy in Sochi. (Last week: 4)

    2. Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres: He returned from a minor injury just in time to have his defense desert him in a 4-1 loss to Columbus, but was exceptional in a 2-1 defeat by the Blackhawks that was played entirely in Buffalo’s zone. (Last week: 1)

    3. Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings: He looked great in a tough win over the Flyers, keeping the Wings in the game early when Philly was pressing, and late when they were clinging to a one-goal lead. That’s Howard at his best. (Last week: 3)

    4. Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators: Tough to blame the keeper when the team in front of him abandons all pretense of playing defense, but he looked a little shellshocked when he was pulled just four minutes into Sunday night’s game against the Ducks. (Last week: 2)

    5. Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils: He’s winless with the Devils, but he gives them a chance to grab two points every night. He was sensational during a third period New Jersey power play (not a typo) on Sunday night against the Jets, stopping two breakaways and keeping the score close. (Last week: NR)

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  • Published On Oct 14, 2013
  • Top Line: Tomas Hertl’s sick night; Luongo outduels Schneider; more links

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    Rooklie Tomas Hertl of the San Jose Sharks is the NHL's scoring leader after three games.

    Hot fish: Sharks forward Tomas Hertl got the jump in the Calder Trophy race. (Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • San Jose Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl is the NHL’s leading scorer after an amazing four-goal outburst against the New York Rangers. His final tally of the night was pretty cocky, eh? Good night to have mom in the stands.

    • Adding injury to insult, the Rangers may have lost Rick Nash after their star forward was elbowed in the head by San Jose defender Brad Stuart. No one’s calling it a concussion just yet, but Nash has suffered from them before, making him highly susceptible to a repeat of the injury.

    • It was just announced that Stuart has a hearing with the Department of Player Safety. Whaddya think he’s gonna get . . . two games?

    • It was supposed to be about the homecoming of Cory Schneider and a duel against his old partner, Roberto Luongo. Instead, the Devils-Canucks clash turned into another episode of The Sedins Show.

    • They’re still whining in Vancouver about the return Mike Gillis accepted for Schneider.

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  • Published On Oct 09, 2013
  • Top Line: Jonathan Quick’s amazing own goal; NHL’s dirtiest player; more links

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    Jonathan Quick might just want to forget that yesterday ever happened.

    Jonathan Quick might just want to forget that yesterday ever happened. (Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Jonathan Quick isn’t the first NHL goalie to inadvertently direct a puck into his own net, but it’s hard to imagine anyone has ever done it in such spectacular fashion. This may be the greatest/worst own goal in NHL history.

    • Hey, at least this gaffe didn’t happen in the playoffs.

    “Set play, man. Set play.”

    • Is this the dirtiest player in the NHL?

    • Craig Berube went straight to page one of the New Coach’s Handbook and said he’ll demand more accountability from the underperforming Philadelphia Flyers. I smell a few bag skates coming on.

    Three games? Three???

    • Elliotte Friedman touches on the legalities of the spin-o-rama shootout move, extended overtime periods and a Maple Leafs trade rumor in his weekly 30 Thoughts column.

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  • Published On Oct 08, 2013
  • Top Line: Tim Thomas triumphs in return; PEDs in NHL?; more links

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    Tim Thomas won his NHL debut with the Florida Panthers.

    After a year away, Tim Thomas looked like his old self in Florida’s 4-2 win in Dallas. (Andrew Dieb/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Tim Thomas would have preferred to stop every shot he faced, but he was happy to get the win in his debut with the Florida Panthers.

    • Mike Heika really, really commits to the house-building metaphor as a means of reminding fans that the new-look Dallas Stars remain a work in progress.

    • More than a few surprising results in this ESPN player poll, but probably none more shocking than the revelation that 20 percent of players polled believe they have a teammate using performance-enhancing drugs.

    • Given all they’ve been through over the past four years, a 4-1 win over the Rangers was just the second-best part of opening night in Phoenix. The best? Not having to waste one single moment worrying about the threat of relocation.

    • Not saying the Caps shouldn’t take some satisfaction from pulling two points out of thin air last night in Calgary, but when you’ve been outscored 8-3 at even strength through two games and you’re cranking out turnovers like a bakery, there are a few issues that need to be addressed before Game 3.

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  • Published On Oct 04, 2013
  • Cory Schneider’s start for Devils to break Martin Brodeur’s 18-year streak

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    Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils will see his streak of opening night starts end

    Take a seat: Martin Brodeur says watching from the bench will help him get up to speed. (Minas Panagiotakis/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    It may not rank among the game’s most significant records, but Martin Brodeur’s remarkable string of starting 18 consecutive season openers for the New Jersey Devils is a singular achievement that may never be matched.

    It was expected to stretch to 19 tomorrow night when the Devils meet the Pittsburgh Penguins, but in a surprise move, the team announced today that Brodeur will be relegated to the bench with Cory Schneider getting the nod.

    Schneider’s opening start will be the first by a goalie other than Brodeur since Chris Terreri led the Devils to a 2-1 win over the Lightning on Oct. 6, 1993.

    Devils coach Peter DeBoer told reporters he wanted to give Brodeur an extra day of rest after the passing of his father, Denis, last week.

    GALLERY: Denis Brodeur’s classic hockey photos

    Brodeur took the news well, telling The Bergen Record, “I haven’t seen much action in the preseason, so it’s kind of nice to be able to get a game day and get on the ice and be on the bench and look at the speed of different things. I think that’s going to help me out for my game.”


  • Published On Oct 02, 2013


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