Holik on Brodeur: 'We have to admire...how long he's lasted as a No. 1 goalie'

Oct 24, 5:48 PM

Martin Brodeur was Bobby Holik's goalie for 10 seasons in New Jersey. 

The 41-year-old Brodeur made a comment earlier this week proclaiming Cory Schneider was the team's new No. 1, which the 42-year-old Holik told NJ.com, shouldn't have come as much surprise. 

Why would it be shocking? He’s 41 years old. It’s time,” former teammate Bobby Holik said today. “Time doesn’t stop. I think saying what he said helps Marty to deal with knowing the end is near. As great as some of these guys are—like (Dominik) Hasek, Brodeur or (Patrick) Roy—eventually the end will come. It’s inevitable.

“We have to admire how long it took and how long he’s lasted as a No. 1 goalie. Now the team is not as good, he’s a little exposed. He’s in a transition, I believe.”

Holik, who retired in 2009, praised Brodeur for his career but also pointed out that it might be time for the only goalie to reach 600 wins to soon hang up the skates. 

“For Marty this is not going to be easy. Twenty years is a long time to be one of the best in the world. Then not be the best on your own team, that’s not easy. But we cannot expect him to do this forever. Time will not stop for anybody.

“Some people think they will stay young and at the top forever. I’ve never seen anyone do that. I was always in touch with reality, so when the time came, why wouldn’t I just walk away from it when I still could? I was never in a league with Marty or some other players in New Jersey, but it can only last so long no matter how good you are.

“Step out of the bubble a little bit and face the reality. I admire how long Marty has been a No. 1-- or, forget a No. 1-- as great as he’s been for all this time. That’s something to admire. When they were in the Finals two years ago I admired how he remained great and at the top for two decades.”

Oct 25, 10:56 PM

Brodeur 'looking forward to get back playing games,' will start vs. Bruins

Oct 25, 10:56 PM

Martin Brodeur may have been a little premature declaring Cory Schneider was in the Devils crease "to stay."

A pair of sub-par performances by Schneider on Tuesday and Thursday, Brodeur will get the start when New Jersey visits the Bruins on Saturday. It will be 41-year-old Brodeur's first start since Oct. 17.

“I’m looking forward to get back playing games,” Brodeur told NorthJersey.com on Friday. “I’ve been working hard the last week and a half. Hopefully, it’s going to pay off in the game.”

The Devils are winless in seven road games (0-5-2).

Oct 24, 1:28 PM

Cory Schneider: 'It's not like I'm putting a stranglehold' on starting for Devils

Oct 24, 1:28 PM

On Thursday, New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider spoke with the media following a gameday skate in Newark. He was asked to react to Martin Brodeur's comments anointing Schneider as New Jersey's new "number one" goaltender.

Schneider, in typical fashion, was humble and thoughtful in his response. "It's still early," said the Marblehead, Massachusetts native, "a lot can happen from now until the end of the year." 

"We've got a tough schedule, a lot of back-to-backs, we're going to need both of us to be ready to go and playing well," Schneider continued. "Right now I just happen to be getting a few looks in a row here."

Schneider also suggested that he needs to be better, and that his grip on the starter's mantle is more tenuous than it might appear ahead of his third straight start. "It's nice of him to say," said Schneider, "but results are measured in wins and right now I only have one, our team only has one, so it's not like I'm putting a stranglehold on this thing. I need to win some more games."

"I don't think anybody is writing Marty off."

Oct 23, 2:26 PM

Brodeur on Schneider: 'I think he’s in the net now to stay'

Oct 23, 2:26 PM

At some point, it was expected that Cory Schneider would grab hold of the No. 1 goalie job in New Jersey, and after it was announced that he would start his third straight game on Thursday, incumbent Martin Brodeur acknowledges that a changing of the guard is well under way.

I think he’s in the net now to stay. I don’t see that’s going to change any time soon. I’ll be ready if it does. We have to try and win some games somehow. This is what (coach Pete DeBoer) feels is the best opportunity to be successful, having him in the net. That’s fine. If we win, everybody is happy. Even though I don’t play, it’s more enjoyable to be around.

So far this season, Schneider is 1-3-1 with a 2.21 goals-against average and .917 save percentage. Brodeur is 0-2-2 with a 3.40 GAA and .865 save percentage.

Head coach Peter DeBoer admits he's navigating sensitive waters, but tells NJ.com that both men are handling it well.

It's never easy. We've got two very good goalies at different points in their careers. One is the greatest goalie of all time and the other guy is a legitimate starter in this league. That situation is never easy.

I think both guys have handled it very professionally so far. It hasn't been an issue. (Schneider) has had experience with that in Vancouver (alongside Roberto Luongo). I think that's helped him. On the flip side, Marty has been outstanding in his handling of it so far. You always worry about the mental state of guys that aren't playing. The good news is we've got two top-flight professionals who are better people even than they are players. That helps.

What's most pressing for the Devils these days is improving on a dismal 1-5-3 start, and it appears as though everyone involved believes Schneider gives the team their best chance to do so.

Oct 23, 12:47 PM

Cory Schneider to start for Devils Thursday

Oct 23, 12:47 PM

The New Jersey Devils will give goaltender Cory Schneider his third start in a row on Thursday, when the Devils host Schneider's former club the Vancouver Canucks: