Devils sign G Schneider to extension
The New Jersey Devils signed goaltender Cory Schneider to a multiyear contract extension, the team announced Wednesday.
Terms of the contract were not released, but The (Bergen) Record reported Schneider's contract was for seven years at an average annual value of $6 million.
Schneider, 28, would have become an unrestricted free agent following the 2014-15 season. His new contract starts with the 2015-16 season and would keep him with the team through the 2021-22 season.
Last season, his first with the Devils, Schneider was 16-15-12 in 45 games, and his 1.97 goals-against average was third in the NHL.
Schneider was acquired from the Vancouver Canucks during the 2013 draft for the ninth pick, which the Canucks used on forward Bo Horvat.
With the Devils allowing franchise icon Martin Brodeur to leave in free agency while signing Scott Clemmensen to serve as the backup, Schneider will have his first opportunity to be an undisputed No. 1 goaltender.
Devils coach Peter DeBoer told the newspaper he is excited to see what Schneider can do with a 60- or 65-game workload. The 45 games Schneider played last season were a career high.