On Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Kings traded away goaltender Darcy Kuemper as part of a three-player trade deal with the Arizona Coyotes. Kuemper signed on with the Los Angeles Kings in the summer of 2017 and the move turned out to be a godsend for that organization. When called upon to perform Kuemper was outstanding this season, appearing in 19 games for the Kings and recording a 2.10 goals against average and a very impressive .932 save percentage.
In exchange for Kuemper the Coyotes sent 25-year-old winger Tobias Reider as well as 25-year-old Coyotes goaltender Scott Wedgewood. But the Kings only want to keep Reider. On Friday, Los Angeles placed Wedgewood on the waiver wire.
Of course, Wedgewood's inclusion in the recent deal seemed merely a move designed to give the Kings someone, anyone, at the position to replace the departing Kuemper. Unlike Kuemper, Wedgewood has not had a good season recording a 3.45 goals against average and a .893 save percentage over 20 games with the Coyotes. To be fair to Wedgewood, he was trying to defend a cage with a team that has struggled loads this season...
The Kings decided to trust Jack Campbell as their backup goalie.
There has been some other goalie moves in the league, ahead of the trade deadline. Earlier this week, the Philadelphia Flyers landed backup netminder Petr Mrazek from the Detroit Red Wings, seeing that in the span of less than a week the Flyers have lost both their number one and number two goaltenders, both of them to an injury. The Flyers gave up both a third round draft selection (conditional) in the 2019 National Hockey League Entry Draft and a fourth round pick in this year's NHL Entry Draft.
Now let's see if another team will give Wedgewood a chance and claim him off waivers before tomorrow's deadline. He could eventually be included in yet another trade before Monday.