Well, there is also the issue of how often does Cory need to prove himself. Schneider had a stretch of 14 of 15 games or whatever of not giving up more than 2 goals. That's pretty sensational. He stumpled a bit, but what goalie hasn't? Imagine if every NHL starter's good play was reset after a few poor games. Pick any starter and I'll show you a number of bad games in close proximity to one another.
I'll go with Rask since many think he is a top 3 goalie in the NHL.
Dec 28th: 3 goals on 12 shots. Pulled after 1
Dec 31st: 5 goals on 31 shots.
Jan 4th: 1 goal on 37 shots
Jan 7th: 5 goals on 20 shots
Jan 9th: 3 goals on 18 shots. Pulled early in the 2nd.
He gets the start two days later and has a 26 save shutout.
If Cory Schneider had to prove that he wa sbetter than Martin Brodeur continuously all season, he has passed that test easily. Why he has to continuously prove it is a mystery to everyone around the NHL but people in the Devils organization.
I didn't say I agree with it because I don't. I said at the beginning of the year there needed to be a transition period but by mid-season, Cory absolutely needed to be the guy. And he was. He played 10 of 15 games in January and all 4 in February. If not for his rough March, he'd most likely still be starting at least 3 of every 4.
Unfortunately, Deboer looks at wins and "situations" instead of save percentage. The Devils won't be in the playoffs, so I'd like to see Schneider in 8 of the final 10, but I think it'll be more like 5 each.