Schneider will enter 2014-15 as the Devils' undisputed No. 1 goalie, armed with a multiyear contract extension he signed Wednesday.
"This guy more than anybody in the organization and maybe in the League deserves that opportunity," DeBoer told Northjersey.com on Tuesday. "He's waited for the opportunity. He's done all the right things. I'm really looking forward [to] the level he can get to playing 60, 65 games."
It didn't long for him to understand what his new team was about, and he cemented that relationship Wednesday, signing a multiyear contract extension to remain with the Devils.
Terms were not released, but NJ.com reported it is for seven years at an average annual value of $6 million with a no-trade clause.
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 Devils through 2021-22.
"It's a great position," Schneider said. "I intend to be a loyal guy. I don't have a lot of interest in bouncing around from team to team, being three teams in four years. I found a place I really like and will be good for me, my career and family. I think it was an easy decision."
"Sidney Crosby has been undergoing treatment on a right wrist injury that he suffered during the season," general manager Jim Rutherford said in a statement. "Sid is getting medical advice to determine the best path moving forward, including the possibility of arthroscopic surgery. No final decision has been made on surgery at this point. We expect to have a decision by early next week."
NHL Network host Kathryn Tappen is joining NBC Sports Group, where she will appear on NHL coverage and a variety of other sports programming. Tappen will serve as a host for NHL Live and NHL Overtime, NBC Sports Group's pregame, intermission, and postgame NHL studio programs.
Tappen will continue to appear on NHL Network, where she has served as the lead host of its flagship studio show, NHL Tonight, since 2011. Tappen will provide coverage of the League's signature events, including the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, NHL All-Star Game, Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final, as well as other NHL Network programs.
The contracts are worth $10.5 million each per season, according to multiple reports. At this point those contracts would have the highest average annual value in the NHL when they begin in 2015-16.
Toews and Kane were set to become unrestricted free agents after the 2014-15 season but now are under contract through 2022-23.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Joshua Ho-Sang met with several teams prior to the 2014 NHL Draft, but he was taken aback following his sit-down with the New York Islanders. That's why he wasn't too surprised when they traded up with the Tampa Bay Lightning to grab the talented (and sometimes outspoken) center at No. 28.
"They were definitely the nicest," Ho-Sang said Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum after the first on-ice session at the team's annual prospect camp. "They just talked to me, they asked me some questions. I mean, the Islanders were one of the few teams, and I heard it with a lot of guys, they were asking me questions outside of hockey, just kind of getting to know them. I think that's unbelievable that they did that, and obviously I ended up here because of that. They took the time to kind of talk to me and I appreciate that very much. And the fact that they traded up for me is unbelievable."
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