- Craig Custance
NEWARK, N.J. -- Nothing surprises Lou Lamoriello anymore. Not when you've been through as much as he has in his Hall of Fame tenure running the New Jersey Devils. So when he got word that the Vancouver Canucks were willing to move Cory Schneider instead of Roberto Luongo, Lamoriello wasn't surprised. He just capitalized.
"[That's] all we were focused in on once we thought there was a chance at doing it, and we pursued it," Lamoriello said.
For years, there has been a question about the line of sucession after Martin Brodeur in New Jersey. In turning the No. 9 overall pick into Schneider, that has been answered. The bungling of the goalie situation in Vancouver played perfectly into the hands of Lamoriello, who consistently finds a way to keep the Devils competitive and relevant with bold moves like this deal.
"This was an opportunity, and timing was perfect," he said. "You don't do anything just for the sake of doing it. We were just fortunate to be in the right place and have a position of the draft that made this work and were able to take advantage of it."
It's also a deal that gives the Devils the best grade in our report card of the draft's biggest movers:
Received: Cory Schneider
Lamoriello said the Devils would have considered taking a goalie at No. 9 if a goalie existed who would have been worth it. Instead, New Jersey gets Schneider, who is considered an Olympic-caliber player who wrestled the starting job away from an established No. 1 in Vancouver.
"Boy, they're getting a good goaltender, simply put," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "We've seen him win games. We've seen him steal games. He's a young goaltender. He's been in a winning environment."
And he's also someone excited to be the guy in line to replace Brodeur.