You guys are not realizing the fact of how hard it is to have a GUARANTEED spot as a starting goalie on ANY team. Just take a moment and think about how many starting jobs there are in the NHL and how hard it is to nail one down. Cory Schneider knew when he came to NJ that Marty Brodeur was aging and possibly on the way out. Despite his win/loss pct., Cory Schneider is a starting 'tender, and he displayed that this year and his time in Vancouver. You also have to realize that Brodeur is done as a starter not only here, but possibly in the NHL. There is NO way you trade Cory Schneider unless a deal is NOT done by the trade deadline next season. That is the only time you consider it. Even then, Cory Schneider is worth a 1st round pick + a nearly developed prospect and you can't accept anything less for him. If you only get a 1st round pick for Schneider, that means the Devils were hosed just as bad as Vancouver when they let him go because like it or not, we hosed VAN for that pick as they could have demanded a blue-chip prospect from us on top of the 1st rounder.
If you're going to make guesses about this or that, you have to think logically. Schneider knows that while yes, he can go anywhere if he goes to July 1st, (UFA) and his agent will whisper that in his ear about all the money he can make if he waits, however, he is guaranteed a spot here with Brodeur likely on the way out (again 30 starting jobs, not many would pass up a guaranteed spot), not to mention he is very likely to get paid. Marty has gotten his farewell, although I think its VERY likely that he swallows his pride and returns as a backup goalie next season for the Devils, essentially settling for 20-30 games as a backup and then retiring a Devil. Marty is going to have a very difficult time finding a backup job in the league, let alone a starting job.