Devils waive Cory Schneider amid continuous struggles

Cory Schneider’s spot on the Devils’ NHL roster became untenable.

The veteran goaltender will be placed on waivers Monday at noon, the team announced, the culmination of several injury-plagued seasons and a vast decline in performance. He’ll be assigned to AHL Binghamton if he clears waivers as expected.

Schneider, 33, has a 4.59 goals against average and .852 save percentage in six starts this season. The Devils are 0-4-2 in those six games. He’s under contract through the 2021-22 season with a $6 million cap hit per year. Schneider would still carry a $4,925,000 cap hit if his contract is buried in the minors.

After being acquired from the Canucks before the 2013-14 season, Schneider split goaltending duties with Martin Brodeur before taking over for the Devils legend the following season. After an excellent first few seasons in Newark, he has a 3.12 GAA and .901 save percentage in 72 regular-season appearances over the last three years, including this season.

Mackenzie Blackwood, 22, has drawn most of the starts this season for the Devils, putting up a 2.79 GAA and .904 save percentage in 14 games (13 starts.)

In a corresponding move with Schneider being waived, the Devils called up 27-year-old Louis Domingue from Binghamton to serve as Blackwood’s new backup.