Martin Brodeur has a new backup, and the Devils might also finally have his successor.
New Jersey pulled off the biggest trade of Sunday’s NHL draft in Newark when it acquired goaltender Cory Schneider from the Vancouver Canucks for the ninth overall pick. The Canucks then selected center Bo Horvat.
Schneider, a 27-year-old Marblehead native, seems in line to be the eventual successor to Brodeur in net. He was on the market once the Canucks were unable to trade high-priced goalie Roberto Luongo.
‘‘I’ve been a fan of Marty Brodeur’s since I was younger,’’ Schneider told the Devils’ website. ‘‘To potentially get work with him is going to be incredible.’’
Schneider can now be groomed to take over for Brodeur, 41, who has led the Devils to three Stanley Cup titles (1995, 2000, 2003).
‘‘I think for the future of the organization, it’s the best move,’’ Brodeur said. ‘‘I think Cory is one of the top five goalies, in my mind, in the NHL. I’m not going to play forever. I’m definitely going to try and push him and get the ice time as much as I can. But he’s the future of the organization.’’
‘‘Marty is still a No. 1 goaltender. There’s no question there,’’ Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said.
Dave Bolland’s Game 6 game winner that gave the Blackhawks their second Stanley Cup in four years was the last goal he’ll score for the team.
The Blackhawks traded Bolland to the Maple Leafs for three draft picks. Chicago received the 51st and 117th picks this year, and a fourth-rounder next season.
‘‘Thank you for everything Chicago!’’ Bolland tweeted. ‘‘I look forward to playing in front of my home fans wearing the Maple Leaf.’’
Bolland’s departure allowed Chicago to sign Bryan Bickell to a four-year deal. Bickell was eligible for unrestricted free agency and cashed in after a big postseason.
The 27-year-old Bickell, drafted by Chicago in 2004, was open to giving the team a discount in order to stay.