Friday: Domingue has cleared waivers. The Devils have assigned him to the AHL.
Thursday: The New Jersey Devils may have another trade brewing, as Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports the team will hold out goaltender Louis Domingue tonight for precautionary reasons. In the meantime, Cory Schneider has been recalled from the minor leagues along with Dakota Mermis. Nick Merkley is expected to come out of the lineup after taking a stick to the face in the Devils’ previous game.
Domingue has also been placed on waivers, something teams do at times in order to increase an asset’s trade value. Should Domingue clear, any acquiring club would be able to immediately send him to the minor leagues as a depth option.
The 27-year old Domingue was only acquired by the Devils a few months ago, swapped for a conditional seventh-round pick with the Tampa Bay Lightning. That condition—appearing in seven games—has already been completed, meaning the Devils may be looking to get a similar (or even greater) asset back for the goaltender.
In 16 appearances this season for the Devils, Domingue has a 3-8-2 record and .882 save percentage. Whatever value he may carry is likely due to the 21-5 record he put up for the Lightning in 2018-19, even though he still only had a .908 save percentage in those games.
Schneider meanwhile will return to the NHL after playing 14 games for the Binghamton Devils, posting a 7-7 record and .903 save percentage. It’s hard to imagine that he’ll ever return to being the goaltender that earned a seven-year, $42MM extension in 2014, but perhaps New Jersey can at least squeeze some production out of the 33-year old netminder.