Tuesday was an eventful waiver day for the New Jersey Devils. Goalie Scott Wedgewood was placed on waivers yesterday and went unclaimed. He will be sent down to Albany. In addition to the Wedgewood move, the Devils claimed right-winger PA Parenteau. The Parenteau claim was reported at the New Jersey Devils website. Wedgewood clearing waivers was reported at the Albany Devils website.
PA Parenteau is the newest member of the organization after he was claimed off waivers. He was placed on waivers by the New York Islanders yesterday. Parenteau, 33, signed a 1-year $1.25 million contract in the off-season but was unable to crack the Islanders’ roster for the season. Coming off a 20-goal and 21-assist season, Parenteau looks to compete for a right-wing spot along with Beau Bennett, Devante Smith-Pelly, Kyle Palmieri, and Sergey Kalinin.
Scott Wedgewood went unclaimed after being placed on waivers Monday. Wedgewood, 24, started 4 games for the Devils last year, posting a 1.25 GAA and .957 save percentage. Although it looked like he can play in the NHL, the coaching staff ultimately decided goalie Keith Kinkaid provided more stability at the back-up position and may have had a better chance of being claimed instead. Wedgewood will return to Albany and likely provide stability at the position with Ken Appleby and MacKenzie Blackwood.
What are your thoughts on the Devils claiming Parenteau? Where would you like to see him slotted into the line-up? Do you see him providing scoring depth to the bottom-six? What’s next for Wedgewood? Will he provide AHL stability or does the team have more plans for him in the future? Let us know your thoughts and as always, thank you for reading!