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New York Islanders Recall Goaltender Cory Schneider From Bridgeport

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With New York Islanders netminder Semyon Varlamov in COVID-19 protocol after a positive test before puck drop against the Calgary Flames this past Saturday, the New York Islanders have announced that goaltender Cory Schneider has been recalled from Bridgeport (AHL) on an emergency basis.

This news also means that Semyon Varlamov’s second PCR test came back positive, and he will have to remain in Canada for the duration of his quarantine period.

No one seems to know the regulations anymore. I was told that in the province of Alberta, the quarantine period for anyone who is vaccinated and asymptomatic is five days. The first day (Saturday) is day zero.

The 35-year old Cory Schneider has not played in an NHL game with the New York Islanders after signing a one-year, $700,000 deal with the club on Jan. 14 of last season in an effort to make an NHL comeback after a significant injury and lackluster play.

His former team, the New Jersey Devils, had bought him out of the final two years of a seven-year, $42 million deal he signed back in July of 2014. The Islanders signed him as a depth goaltender with Ilya Sorokin and Semyon Varlamov already the staples at the NHL level.

Schneider re-signed with the Islanders before the start of the 2021-22 season to the same deal.

Schneider was up with the Islanders to start this season, with Semyon Varlamov still not ready due to a nagging injury. He would back up starting nemtinder Ilya Sorokin for the first stretch of the Islanders 13-game road trip but did not get any game time, even with a back-to-back situation.

With Varlamov only going to miss two games, there is little to no chance that Schneider sees any game action when the Islanders face the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday and the Boston Bruins on Thursday.

In Bridgeport this season, Schneider is 5-9-2, with a 3.08 GAA and a .906 SV%.

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