Cory Schneider was placed on waivers by the New Jersey Devils on Monday.
If the 33-year-old goalie clears waivers he will be assigned to Binghamton of the American Hockey League at noon ET on Tuesday.
“We addressed it with our players, and unfortunately this is part of the business, but this isn’t the end of the road with Cory,” coach John Hynes said. “It’s an opporunity for us to try and help him get his game to where it needs to be. We had a similar situation with him last year where it worked out really well where he went down to Binghamton and played, got some footing for himself and his game back and came back and played well for us later in the year.”
Schneider is 0-4-1 with a 4.59 goals-against average and .852 save percentage in six games this season. He last played in a 4-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Nov. 8, allowing four goals on 32 shots. He’s been the backup to Mackenzie Blackwood the past four games.
“Mackenzie has been consistent and he’s played well and been able to manage himself and mange his workload,” Hynes said of Blackwood, who is 7-4-3 with a 2.79 GAA, .904 save percentage and one shutout in 14 games this season. “That was part of the decision-making process. It wasn’t the complete part of the decision, but it was a small part.”
In seven seasons with the Devils, Schneider is second among New Jersey goalies to Martin Brodeur in games played (304), wins (112) and shutouts (16). He was acquired by the Devils in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks on June 30, 2013.
Selected by the Canucks with the No. 26 pick in the 2004 NHL Draft, Schneider is 167-157-57 with a 2.43 GAA, .918 save percentage and 25 shutouts in 402 games with the Canucks and Devils.
New Jersey recalled goalie Louis Domingue from Binghamton of the AHL on Monday. The 27-year-old was traded to the Devils by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Nov. 2 for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft after he was 21-5-0 with a 2.88 GAA and .908 save percentage in 26 games with the Lightning last season.
“It’s a lot to take in but I’ve done it before and I’m super glad to be here,” Domingue said.
“We’ll take it a day at a time. It’s nothing special, I just have to play the game of hockey. If I can help [Blackwood] along the way then that’ll be good. It’s going to be interesting to see how we push each other and I’ve seen a lot of situations with a lot of goalies so far. If I can help him and he can help me than it’ll be great for the team.”
The Devils (7-8-4), who are 3-1-0 in their past four games, play the Boston Bruins at Prudential Center on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; SN360, SNE, SNO, SNW, MSG, NESN, NHL.TV).