Goalie Johan Hedberg may have thought his time with the New Jersey Devils organization was at an end when the team bought him out over the summer.
The 40-year-old Swede signed a professional try-out agreement with the AHL Albany Devils. Before you let your imagination get away with you, according to Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice, Hedberg is in Albany to help with their goaltending depth problems.
“[Keith] Kinkaid is hurt and they needed another goalie and I was around and available, so here I am,” Hedberg said.
We last saw Hedberg in New York Rangers training camp battling Martin Biron for the backup job behind Henrik Lundqvist. Biron beat him out, but retired shortly thereafter.
If you’re thinking Hedberg is being warmed up to potentially take Martin Brodeur’s spot in New Jersey should they trade him, that can’t happen since Hedberg was bought out by the Devils.
Any player bought out by a team cannot play for that team during the season following the buyout. Hedberg can play for any of the other 29 teams this season, but can’t even be traded back to New Jersey.
Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.
We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.
It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”
Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)
Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.
So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”
… You get the idea.
The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.
The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.
Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.
It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.
The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.
As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.
Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?
The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.
This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.