I have to take issue with a few things in this alternate timeline -
A: The Devils were not going into the 2013-14 season with Brodeur and Hedberg as their goalies. They were going to upgrade their goaltending for sure, it's just a question of what it would've been. A trade was the best way because that person would just have to deal with the fact that he was sharing the net with an egomaniac who wanted to start every game.
B: This is wildly underestimating how excruciating the 2013-14 season would be. Can you imagine? Horrendous and no pick. Would be an endless season, probably culminating in Lou's firing or being kicked upstairs. The season was bad enough and the Devils were in the playoff race for most of the year.
C: It's really impossible to imagine how things go if the Devils don't get that goalie. Does Jagr come here? Does Zidlicky re-sign? Very difficult things to answer.
A. I think it's pretty a good bet that they go into 2013-14 with Brodeur and Hedberg. Maybe Hedberg gets the boot eventually, but the fact that Lou still called Marty the number 1 goalie after they got Schneider, and that Marty played 35 games, leads me to believe he gets at least 55 starts if no Schneider.
B. It's more to say it wouldn't be that bad so you don't have to account for McDavid or Eichel, which in my mind makes it a no brainer yes.
C. Don't think it's impossible at all to imagine both Jagr and Zidlicky here in 2013-14 without Schneider. Zidlicky wanted to be in the area, and I don't recall other teams beating down Jagr's door at that time.