They've kept better players than Parise and Niedermayer? Scott Stevens tried to bolt also... Keeping Schneider is not a slam dunk. Schneider is going to sign where he thinks gives him the best chance to win and make the most money? The Islanders could throw the kitchen sink at him... There are a lot of teams out there that are going to be in the mix to get him. Trading the pick for 2 years of him was not a good trade at all. Locking him up long-term is the key to that trade. Lou's best chance to do that would have been last summer. Now, we've already frustrated him with playing time and playing behind a marginal team.
The Devils have the extra year to give, that's worth $6.5-7M. And how was he going to sign last summer with an existing contract? If you're going to complain, at least understand how the system works, Schneider can't sign a contract until 7/1/14