In order to help with the team’s current goaltending depth issues, the Albany Devils of the AHL have signed former New Jersey Devils — Albany’s parent team — goaltender Johan Hedberg to a professional tryout contract.
“(Keith) Kinkaid is hurt and they needed another goalie and I was around and available, so here I am,” Hedberg told Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice.
The 40-year old Hedberg was bought out by the New Jersey Devils on July 4 which led to the belief that his playing career is over, especially after failing to earn a roster spot with the New York Rangers in training camp back in September.
By rule, Hedberg can’t play for the Devils this season due to being bought out by the team, but is legally allowed to play for their AHL affiliate. He can also sign with the 29 other teams in the NHL, but they would not be allowed to deal him to New Jersey.
The PTO with Albany, Hedberg said, may, or may not, lead to him attempting an NHL comeback either this season or next season.
“Right now, it’s to help out and then we’ll see where it leads,” he said.