NEWARK, N.J. -- The first person goaltender Cory Schneider thought about after learning he had just been traded from the Vancouver Canucks to the New Jersey Devils in June 2013 was Martin Brodeur.
"I was like, 'Wow, Marty Brodeur is there and he's been there forever,'" Schneider said. "I knew the Devils had been his team for a long time, so I had to figure out a way to come in, treat Marty and the situation with a lot of respect, and just go from there."
The trade caught Schneider by surprise, particularly since he didn't know a whole lot about the Devils. All he knew was that New Jersey was on the East Coast and had a low NHL profile in terms of national media coverage.