BOCA RATON –
General manager Ray Shero said at this week's NHL GM meetings that the Devils' plan is to evaluate injured goalie Cory Schneider
in a week to determine if he can play again this season. They haven't talked internally about shutting him down for the remainder of the season, although it's still an option.
Schneider sustained a Grade 1 MCL sprain trying to make a save against the Dallas Stars on March 4. His backup, Keith Kinkaid, was named the NHL's Third Star of the Week on Monday for going 2-0 with a 0.48 goals-against average, .981 save percentage and one shutout last week.
Shero also said the Devils have not begun negotiations with forward Kyle Palmieri and his agent on a new contract. Palmieri can become a restricted free agent with arbitration rights July 1. He leads the Devils with 25 goals and 45 points, each career highs.
"We'll get him signed, it's a matter of how long and all that stuff," Shero said. "He has [arbitration] rights, but he's a guy we'd certainly like to have under contract for more than a couple years."