NEWARK, N.J. -- The Coyotes, who ranked last in the NHL in goals against/per game entering Saturday's game at New Jersey, added netminder Scott Wedgewood to the mix via a trade with the Devils announced just a few hours before the game.
"We've been looking at some depth goalies for a while now," Coyotes General Manager John Chayka said. "Certainly as things progressed here we thought it was necessary to get someone in here who has some experience and had some success at the American Hockey League level ... (Wedgewood) is 25 years old, so he's got some experience and he's had some success, and we think he's got a good chance to come in and have success at the NHL level."
Video: Chayka on Wedgewood Acquisition
Wedgewood, who has four NHL games on his resume but none since the 2015-16 season, just happened to be at the Prudential Center when the trade was finalized; he was with the Devils on an emergency-recall basis. Later, he met his new teammates, one-by-one, as they filed off the bus and into the dressing room before the game. He then dressed for the game, wearing sweater No. 40, to serve as backup to Louis Domingue.
The Coyotes, who allowed 4.40 goals per/game through 10 games, have three goalies on the roster, including Antti Raanta, who is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. He has been practicing daily and could return to action as soon as Monday at Philadelphia. Adin Hill, who has played three games this season, was reassigned to the AHL on Saturday.
"We'll see how it evolves," Chayka said. "It's not something we have to make a decision on today. As things play out they'll play themselves out ... We just need someone to stop the puck. Whoever stops the puck, gets the net. When Antti's been in he's looked good and done some good things, but it's been in a very short period of time. Every team needs their starting goalie and we're no different. He's a big boost for us once we get him back, and then we'll need a backup goalie that can go in for us and win us some games. It's as simple as that."
The Devils picked Wedgewood 84th overall at the 2010 NHL Draft. The Coyotes drafted Domingue 54 picks later.
Wedgewood played just 10 games last season, for Albany in the AHL, thanks to a shoulder injury. He underwent surgery on Nov. 29 and was cleared to play for the AHL playoffs, but didn't get into a game. He played just one game for Binghamton (AHL) this season.
"I'm resilient," Wedgewood said. "I'll prove that to you guys, hopefully sooner than later. It's nice to be healthy and ready to go ... It's nice to be wanted. They traded a potential asset in a fifth-round pick for myself. Hopefully, I'm worth more than that to them down the line. That's my goal here."
Video: Wedgewood on Trade to Coyotes
Wedgewood says his best asset is his calm and cool demeanor on the ice.
"I feel really good about my game," Wedgewood said. "I feel very mature in the net. When I was younger, sometimes you feel like you have to reinvent the wheel if you get scored on in certain situations. I've had great goalie coaches through the New Jersey situation, in both levels, but for myself, my game has been made ... Nothing changes for me on the ice anymore. Each day is the same performance and the same work ethic, and it pays dividends."