NHL Notes: Devils acquire Schneider in draft deal

NHL Notes: Devils acquire Schneider in draft deal
June 30, 2013, 4:30 pm
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NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils have acquired goalie Cory Schneider from the Vancouver Canucks for the ninth pick in the NHL draft.

The Canucks selected center Bo Horvat on Sunday at the Prudential Center.

Schneider seems in line to be the eventual successor to Martin Brodeur in net. Schneider was on the market once the Canucks were unable to dump high-priced goalie Roberto Luongo.

Brodeur and Johan Hedberg were the oldest goalie tandem in the league last season. Schneider can now be groomed to take over for Brodeur, 41, one of the NHL's all-time great goalies.

Brodeur, a rookie in 1994, has only ever played for New Jersey, and has led the Devils to three Stanley Cup titles (see full story).

Sharks: Kennedy acquired from Penguins
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks have acquired pending restricted free agent forward Tyler Kennedy from Pittsburgh for a second-round draft pick.

The teams completed the deal before the start of the draft Sunday.

Kennedy had six goals and five assists in 46 games last season and adds needed depth to the Sharks' forward contingent. He also had two goals and three assists in nine playoff games. Kennedy has 76 goals and 92 assists in 372 career games with Pittsburgh.

San Jose sent the 50th overall pick to Pittsburgh. The Sharks still have two additional second-round picks, including Pittsburgh's at No. 58 in a previous deal for defenseman Douglas Murray. San Jose also has Pittsburgh's 2014 second-rounder in that deal (see full story).

Coyotes: Smith agrees to 6-year deal
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- An NHL official familiar with the deal says that the Phoenix Coyotes have agreed to a six-year contract with goalie Mike Smith that will average around $5.7 million per year.

The official requested anonymity because the contract still must be approved by the NHL.

The 31-year-old Smith had been mostly a backup before leading the Coyotes to the Western Conference finals for the first time in 2011-12, his first as Phoenix's No. 1 goalie. Smith was about to become a free agent and had been waiting for clarity on the Coyotes' ownership situation before signing.

The City of Glendale is set to vote on a lease agreement with Renaissance Sports & Entertainment on Tuesday, the last major hurdle in the group's attempt to buy the franchise from the NHL (see full story).

Islanders: Neiderreiter traded for Clutterbuck
NEWARK, N.J. -- The New York Islanders have traded right wing Nino Neiderreiter to the Minnesota Wild for right wing Cal Clutterbuck and a third-round pick, No. 70 overall in Sunday's NHL draft.

The deal was made during the draft Sunday, shortly before New York selected defenseman Ryan Pulock with the 15th selection.

Neiderreiter, the fifth overall selection by the Islanders in 2010, has two goals in 64 career NHL games. He played in the AHL last season.

The 25-year-old Clutterbuck was due to be a restricted free agent in five days.

Clutterbuck was always among the league's leaders in hits. He is an intense player who for a while gave the Wild decent production on the third line. He had 19 goals and 15 assists in the 2010-11 season, but following the lockout this year he scored only four goals in 42 games (see full story).

Blackhawks: Bolland traded for picks
Dave Bolland's Game 6 game winner is the last goal he'll score for the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Stanley Cup champions traded Bolland to the Toronto Maple Leafs for three draft picks Sunday at the NHL draft. The Blackhawks received the 51st and 117th picks in this year's draft, and a fourth-rounder next season.

The Boston Bruins had a 2-1 lead with 2 minutes left in Game 6, and the Stanley Cup was all but packed away for a Game 7 back in Chicago.

But then Bryan Bickell tied it with 1:16 left, and Bolland scored 17 seconds later to give the Blackhawks the lead.

Bolland missed the entire first-round series vs. Minnesota with an injury.

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