Cory Schneider will not play in any preseason games and could miss the start of the regular season for the New Jersey Devils, general manager Ray Shero said Thursday.
The 32-year-old goaltender has been skating with teammates and working out with goalie coach Roland Melanson during the past week as part of his rehabilitation program after having surgery May 1 to repair torn cartilage in his left hip. Schneider was expected to have a five-month recovery period and remains on that timetable, which would take him to Oct. 1; the Devils open the season Oct. 6 against the Edmonton Oilers in Gothenburg, Sweden, as part of the 2018 NHL Global Series.
Schneider took part in physicals and medical tests Thursday, the opening day of Devils training camp, at Prudential Center. It is unknown if he will practice with the team or on his own when on-ice workouts begin Friday.
"I've skated with the guys a few times, but I wouldn't call it a full practice by any means, so I'm still in the rehabilitation and recover phase," Schneider said. "We'll take it day by day to when I can ramp up intensity and volume. Those decisions will be made by the training staff. We're not looking to have a setback late by pushing too hard, but the goal is to get me in game shape as soon as possible."
Before their regular-season opener against the Oilers, the Devils will play a preseason game against SC Bern of Switzerland's National League A at PostFinance Arena in Bern on Oct. 1 (1:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN).
"You have to practice and practice hard for a lengthy period of time before you're ready for a game," Schneider said. "The goal (of the surgery) was not only for this season, but I want to be healthy and effective for many more years, so it's not just a short-sighted thing I had done to get back for this season. I want to make sure that throughout my duration in [New] Jersey that I can get back to being as effective as possible. We're keeping the long-term goals in mind here as well, so nobody is trying to rush or hurry things up."
Shero said he thinks Schneider should be able to travel with the team to Europe even if he isn't cleared to play, although that decision will be determined by athletic trainer Kevin Morley and physical therapist Chris Stackpole.