There are two scenarios, 1. he gets signed at the end of this year, which means he had a good year, and will get AAV of at least $6.5 million, 2. he has a bad year, which means no contract going into 2014-2015, and is likely traded to recoup some value. I was going to say he could have a good year and try to test the marke anyway, but he would really have to hate NJ to take that kind of chance. Ultimately, I think he's getting more than Crawford. He's better than Crawford, and the Devils need Schneider a lot more than the Hawks need Crawford. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
It's incredibly unlikely that the Devils deal Schneider. As for Schneider getting more than Crawford, remember - the goalie market is an odd place. Here are the teams with a goalie signed for starter money for at least the next 3 years:
Boston, Chicago, LA, Phoenix, Dallas, Vancouver, Columbus, Nashville, Detroit, Minnesota, Winnipeg, Montreal, Carolina
Then you've got teams like the Rangers who have goalies they're going to lock up.
Then you've got teams like Toronto and Ottawa and Washington who have impressive young goalies.
When you go hunting for places for Schneider to land, there just aren't very many likely destinations, especially if he wants to stay East. Philadelphia? They actually do have a lot of money coming free on their cap, but I bet they end up with Ryan Miller. Pittsburgh? That's an awful lot of money to invest in the top of your roster.
I think Schneider will end up with a comparable contract to Crawford - I doubt it's substantially more or less. If it's substantially more it's because he's done what's expected of him here.