Johan Hedberg signs PTO with Devils’ AHL team


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.

Think again.

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.