This one just makes us sad, but Cory Schneider is 37 years old and hasn’t played an NHL game since he beat the New Jersey Devils on April 3, 2022. He spent all of last season with Bridgeport, the Islanders’ AHL affiliate. He posted pretty good numbers. His .913 save percentage was eight in the league, ahead of his other former Devils Louis Domingue and Keith Kinkaid.
Unfortunately for him, Bridgeport was pretty terrible when he wasn’t in net, and they missed the playoffs to the Laval Rocket by percentage points. Then, the real slap in the face came when Schneider wasn’t even called up to be the Islanders’ Black Ace in the playoffs. They instead called up Czechia goalie Jakub Skarek, who had much worse numbers than Schneider.
It seems the NHL dream will die with that win against the Devils. Honestly, it’s a fitting end for one of the best goalies of his generation. We forget just how good Schneider was. He was definitely in the conversation with the best in the world. He was in a similar situation as Connor Hellebuyck, but he had a worse team in front of him.
The reaction to Schneider’s retirement will be much different than Parise’s. Schneider is still universally loved in New Jersey, as most fans understand he was pushed to the limit and gave all his hip had to the organization. Also, unlike Parise, Schneider was bought out. He didn’t want to leave. We hope if he does hang up the skates, he will be honored at some point next season in Newark.