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Kinkaid wins Devils’ backup goalie gig, Wedgewood waived

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New Jersey has settled on Cory Schneider‘s understudy for the year — the same guy that filled the role last season.

Keith Kinkaid has beaten out Scott Wedgewood for the No. 2 job, per NorthJersey.com, a move the Devils made official on Monday by putting Wedgewood on waivers.

Wedgewood, 24, was New Jersey’s third-round pick in 2010 and was apparently in a “tight” battle with Kinkaid throughout the preseason. He appeared in four games for the Devils last season, going 2-1-1 with a 1.25 GAA and .957 save percentage.

The key now, at least for GM Ray Shero, is to get Wedgewood through waivers so he can be assigned to AHL Albany.

But that’s no sure bet.

There are a few teams looking for goalie depth. One of them could be San Jose (we wrote about the Sharks’ backup goalie situation over the weekend) and, as NorthJersey points out, the Sharks are coached by ex-Devils bench boss Peter DeBoer, who was around at the time Wedgewood was breaking into pro hockey with Albany.

Report: Isles to waive Parenteau in roster day surprise (Update: It’s official)

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Bit of a shocker out of Brooklyn.

Per Newsday, the Islanders are set to waive veteran winger PA Parenteau — the same PA Parenteau they signed to a one-year, $1.25 million deal this summer, in the hope of reuniting him with captain John Tavares.

Update: Isles have made the news official.

But the reunion’s over. Before it ever got started, really.

Parenteau, 33, was cut loose following an exhibition campaign in which he only played once with Tavares — in Sunday’s 4-0 loss to Washington —  and apparently didn’t show enough to warrant an opening-night roster spot.

It’s an odd development, to say the least.

Parenteau was always good with the Isles, scoring 20 goals for them in 2010-11, then posting a career-high 67 points the following campaign. He also had a pretty effective year in Toronto last season, netting 20 goals and 41 points.

So needless to say, today’s move is a surprise.

Various folks, including Isles play-by-play man Brendan Burke, have suggested the move was made to free up minutes for rookies Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier, each taken in the first round of the 2015 draft.

The pair have impressed during the preseason.

It’s possible we’ll see more surprise moves like this today, as teams need to get their houses in order ahead of the start of the regular season on Wednesday.

Report: Ailing Stars to sign Korpikoski (Updated)

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Desperate for depth up front, Dallas may have found an answer — per Finnish news outlet Iltalehti, veteran Lauri Korpikoski is close to signing with the Stars.

Korpikoski, 30, is barely removed from participating in Calgary’s camp on a PTO (his release came on Sunday). A participant with Team Finland at the recently-wrapped World Cup of Hockey, he’s coming off a moderately productive campaign in Edmonton, during which he scored 10 goals and 22 points in 71 games.

This move comes with Dallas dealing with a depleted forward group. Mattias Janmark is out 5-6 months following knee surgery, Cody Eakin is sidelined with a knee ailment, Ales Hemsky is dealing with a groin problem and Tyler Seguin is still recovering from a hairline fracture in his heel.

Also, Valeri Nichushkin signed in the KHL.

The Stars had previously tried to address their issues up front by bringing in Justin Fontaine on a PTO after he was dropped by Florida. That move didn’t work out, though, as the Stars released Fontaine yesterday.

Update: Dallas has made it official. One year, $1 million for Korpikoski.

 

Blues release veteran d-man Weber from PTO

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Mike Weber, the last of several experienced skaters attending Blues camp on a tryout basis, has been released from his contract, the club announced on Friday.

Weber, 28, caught on with the Blues after splitting last season between Buffalo and Washington. He, along with Eric Nystrom, Chris Porter and T.J. Galiardi all attended St. Louis’ camp on PTOs — none of them were able to secure contracts, however.

To be fair, the Blues roster was a tough one to crack, especially on defense.

Weber was looking to work his way into a group that features Jay Bouwmeester, Alex Pietrangelo, Colton Parayko, Kevin Shattenkirk, Joel Edmundson, Roberto Bortuzzo, Carl Gunnarsson and Petteri Lindbohm. Jordan Schmaltz, the 25th overall pick in 2012, was also knocking at the door.

Speaking of Schmaltz, his time with the Blues came to an end today as well. GM Doug Armstrong sent the North Dakota product to AHL Chicago, along with forwards Kenny Agostino, Ivan Barbashev and Samuel Blais, and goaltender Jordan Binnington.

Oilers cut Reinhart from camp, making trade with Isles look even worse

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Tough day for Griffin Reinhart, but perhaps an even tougher day for Edmonton.

On Friday, the Oilers announced they’ve sent former No. 4 overall pick to AHL Bakersfield — despite the fact Edmonton still has 29 players left at camp, nine of them d-men, and one exhibition game remaining.

Translation: Reinhart wasn’t even one of the last guys cut.

Reinhart, 22, was acquired from the Isles at the 2015 draft and only appeared in 29 games for Edmonton last year, scoring just one point. There was hope his second season with the Oilers would be a step forward but, through the preseason, he struggled to show any signs of improved form.

“The coaching staff was dumb enough to start him on the right side in his first game and not give him any type of confidence,” head coach Todd McLellan said following an exhibition loss to Vancouver, per CHED 630 radio. “We’re going to put him on the left side and let him play.

“Obviously, his performance the other night wasn’t what he hoped it would be.”

As mentioned in the headline, the Reinhart trade is shaping up to be a complete bust for the Oilers. They gave the Islanders the 16th and 33rd picks at the draft, and the Isles used those picks to select Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier (moving up from 33 to 28 to snag the latter).

As Brough wrote yesterday, both Barzal and Beauvillier are still in Islanders camp, and have a realistic shot of making the team when the season opens next week.