On Monday morning, the New Jersey Devils placed veteran goaltender Cory Schneider on waivers, this leaving MacKenzie Blackwood as the primary starter and Louis Domingue as the backup goaltender. You can’t really blame Devils GM Ray Shero for putting him on waivers. Schneider has had awful numbers for the last couple of years. He has only recorded six wins over the course of the past two seasons and even went 400 days without a win which is obviously concerning.
Schneider has a .864 even-strength save percentage and is winless in six starts so far this season. Unfortunately for the Devils organization, Schneider has a no-trade clause as well as an unmovable contract of $6 million through 2022, so even if he didn’t have a no-move clause, he would still be unmovable due to that monster contract.
Shero is hopeful that Schneider will find his game in the AHL with Binghamton, however, I’m not so sure he will. Schneider is almost 34 and has given the Devils organization everything he had. Say what you want about him, he shows up to every game ready to play and gives it his all each and every night.
More often than not, he just didn’t have the skill to stop the shots anymore. Schneider’s NHL career is more than likely over which at his age is rather unfortunate.
One of the biggest problems with the Devils originally acquiring him from the Canucks in Vancouver is that he was brought in to fill the hole that Martin Brodeur was leaving open as he was retiring. Cory Schneider had high expectations the second he got there and replacing the most winningest goalie of all time isn’t a task most people can handle. Schneider was originally the goalie they wanted, but his lifespan was severely cut short after his age 30 season when he posted a mere .908% compared to his usual .926%.
For three seasons after acquiring him, he was what they wanted and what they needed. However, he hasn’t been himself for a while and it is unlikely he’ll get that back at this point.