The New Jersey Devils traded for an injured Andrew Hammond at the NHL Trade Deadline. He eventually got healthy enough to play, and the Devils wanted a goalie who was at least good enough to win. The Devils gave up Nate Schnarr to make the trade happen. It wasn’t a lot to give up on paper, but Schnarr had shown something in the AHL this season. He had 26 points in 43 games, showing he had something more than previous seasons.
Hammond came to the Devils when they were desperate and when it seemed like anything would be an upgrade over what they had. He allowed 13 goals in his first two games with the Devils. It wasn’t exactly a rousing endorsement for his time with the Devils.
If Hammond played well, he had a chance to take over the Scott Wedgewood role as the third goalie option, but those first two games showed that wasn’t possible. He did have a few decent performances, including one where he ended the season of the Vegas Golden Knights and ended the tenure of former Devils coach Peter DeBoer.
Those few performances wasn’t enough to save him in the eyes of the Devils. Will another team bring him in to play in the AHL? Maybe, but the Devils already have Nico Daws, Akira Schmid, and Marek Mittens if either of them get hurt. The Devils need sure things in net, and Hammond is not that anymore.