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Devils waive winless former No. 1 goaltender Cory Schneider

The New Jersey Devils have waived veteran goaltender Cory Schneider after he struggled in six games to start the season, posting a 0-4-1 record, 4.59 goals-against average and .852 save percentage.

2004 1st-round pick had 4.59 GAA, .852 save percentage in 6 games this season

The Devils have placed former starting goalie Cory Schneider on waivers after he posted a 4.59 goals-against average and 852 save percentage in six games this season. Should he clear waivers, the 33-year-old will be sent to the Devils' American Hockey League affiliate. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The New Jersey Devils waived veteran goaltender Cory Schneider.

If Schneider, 33, clears waivers on Tuesday, he will be assigned to Binghamton of the American Hockey League.

Schneider, in his seventh season with New Jersey, has struggled to start the season. In six games, he's 0-4-1 with a 4.59 goals-against average and .852 save percentage.

Mackenzie Blackwood, 22, now becomes the unquestioned No. 1 goalie.

"We addressed it with our players, and unfortunately this is part of the business, but this isn't the end of the road with Cory," Devils head coach John Hynes told reporters after Schneider's release. "It's an opportunity for us to try and help him get his game to where it needs to be.

Mackenzie has been consistent and he's played well and been able to manage himself and manage his workload.— Devils head coach John Hynes on Mackenzie Blackwood and the decision-making process to waive fellow goalie Cory Schneider

"We had a similar situation with him last year where it worked out really well where he went down to Binghamton and played, got some footing for himself and his game back and came back and played well for us later in the year."

To take Schneider's spot on the roster, the Devils recalled goalie Louis Domingue from Binghamton.

Schneider last played on Nov. 8 in a loss to the Edmonton Oilers. He allowed four goals on 32 shots in the 4-0 defeat.

"Mackenzie has been consistent and he's played well and been able to manage himself and mange his workload," Hynes said of Blackwood. "That was part of the decision-making process. It wasn't the complete part of the decision, but it was a small part."

In 14 games this season, Blackwood is 7-4-3 with a 2.79 GAA and .904 save percentage.

Schneider started his career with the Vancouver Canucks, who selected him with the No. 26 pick in the 2004 NHL Draft. New Jersey acquired him in a June 30, 2013, trade with the Canucks.

In his career, Schneider has a 167-157-57 with a 2.43 GAA and a .918 save percentage.

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