Goaltending is a buyer's market. IF Corey goes UFA it sucks (because of the investment made) but there'll be good goalies to be had for less money.
Still, he'll have a very good situation here, one that I think is tough to beat, unless a team like the Pens throw a lot of money at him.
If we lose Cory to FA, it will be an unmitigated disaster for this franchise. To give up the #9 pick (which could have been Nichuskin) for a goalie that is here for only 2 years when you expect him to be the "future," sets us back big time. This potential scenario is part of the reason I wasn't all in for this trade to begin with. It's a good trade if Cory re-signs, and a very bad one if he leaves. IMO, the Devils will give him whatever he wants to stay this offseason as it has to be a top priority for them.