I really think it'll all come down to the money. If he performs the way he's supposed to, he's getting $7 million AAV at a minimum, whether it's from the Devils or someone else.
I'd be furious if we signed a goalie for $7M. I'd rather let Schneider walk then pay that money. I don't care how good he is. MAYBE, JUST MAYBE if he takes us deep, he should get a big contract with us, but without that, he can go screw. I'd be looking to trade him for a lesser, but still at least average goalie+pick/prospect if he's looking for giant $$$ after two seasons.
Chicago has won the Cup twice now without a truly great goalie. I don't think Niemi was great, he's good, but not great and same goes for Crawford, he isn't elite in my eyes. This has kind of changed my thinking about to where I'm not sure paying a goalie big time money makes sense when you can get an average to slightly above average one for a lot less.
Edited by ATLL765, 11 July 2013 - 02:32 PM.