The New York Islanders are looking to sign former New Jersey Devils’ goaltender Cory Schneider to a one-year contract. No reports on the salary yet. This contract would carry him through the 2020-2021 season.
Hearing that the Islanders are finalizing a deal with UFA netminder Cory Schneider. There's the obvious connection there between Schneider and Isles GM Lou Lamoriello. Happy to see Schneider, 34, get a chance to continue his career. One of the good guys in the game.
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) October 12, 2020
New York Islanders finalizing one year deal with Cory Schneider
Over his 12-year NHL career Cory has played for the Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils. Schneider has put up a 170-159-58 career record in 409 career appearances with 388 career starts. He also has a 2.43 goals against average, .918 save percentage, and 26 shutouts. Cory has a 2-6-0 career record in 14 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, with a 2.35 goals against average, .931 save percentage, and no shutouts.
In the 19-20 season, Schneider played in 13 games with 11 starts for the New Jersey Devils, putting up a 3-6-0 record with 2.43 GAA, a .887 save percentage and only one shutout.
Schneider was bought out by the Devils in early October; to very few fans’ surprise. This move will costs the Devils a $2 million cap hit over the next four seasons. But this $2 million cap hit is money saved, relative to the $6 million cap hit that Schneider’s contract held.
What This Means for the Future
If Schneider joins the Islanders, the goaltender is to be a depth piece for the New York team, which already has two great players in the net, the starter Semyon Varlamov and the new Russian-addition, Ilya Sorokin, as the backup. On the other hand, the Islanders would get on Cory a great starter for their American Hockey League team, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, considering he has spent some time in the AHL with the Binghamton Devils, making appearances in eight games in 2018-19 and 14 in the past season.
Schneider has long be reported as one of the greatest personalities in hockey. At age 34, it’s fairly clear that this signing is more for veteran leadership than it is to bring in a jaw-dropping talent. At a surely-cheap price and low-term, Islanders fans would be hard-pressed to find much worry in Schneider’s new deal.