Twitter erupts as Schneider traded to Devils

Canucks' goaltender Cory Schneider. (CP/Darryl Dyck)

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SCHNEIDER TRADE STUNS TWITTER

That the Vancouver Canucks finally traded a goaltender at the NHL draft after a seemingly never-ending saga didn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone.

The veritable bombshell was the organization finally deciding to move 27-year old Cory Schneider, rather than 34-year-old Roberto Luongo. Schneider, thought to be the future of the franchise between the pipes, became significantly easier to market to other NHL teams both because of age and the fact that Luongo still has another nine seasons remaining on his 12-year, $64 million pact.

So general manager Mike Gillis pulled the trigger in the first round of Sunday’s draft, sending Schneider to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for the team’s ninth overall selection. The Canucks then converted that pick into London Knights forward Bo Horvat.

New Jersey has long been seeking an heir apparent to future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur and now appears to have the answer in net. Brodeur, 41, has one year left on his current contract, as does back-up goaltender Johan Hedberg.

As you can imagine, social media was immediately abuzz following news of the trade. Here’s a taste of the reaction in the hockey world from players, media and fans alike.