ALBANY, NY – With Keith Kinkaid out with a lower-body injury and likely ECHL recall Maxime Clermont also on the shelf, the Albany Devils signed Johan Hedberg to a professional tryout contract. He practiced with the teams Thursday at Times Union Center.
“I really wasn’t sure what it was,” said Hedberg. “I thought I was just going to practice today, but they might need me over the weekend. At the same time, I was excited and it’s going to be a lot of fun to play a game — if that happens.”
Hedberg, who has been serving as a special assignment coach for the organization, spent the previous three seasons with New Jersey, posting a 38-29-7 record in 80 appearances. His NHL totals include a 161-143-14-22 (W-L-T-OT) record with a 2.82 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage in 373 outings.
His last AHL appearance came during the 2003-04 season when he appeared in two contests for Manitoba.
“He’s a veteran guy, so you can see how comfortable he looks in there,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “He hasn’t skated a whole bunch, but has certainly has been on the ice and he was still involved in training camp. So we get him on the ice today, get him on the ice tomorrow and maybe, hopefully, get him on the ice Saturday and go from there.”
Born in Leksand, Sweden, Hedberg will celebrate his 41st birthday on May 5.
• Darcy Zajac has resumed skating with the team after missing the last 43 games with an injury sustained Oct. 19 at Norfolk. Now in his fourth season, he has registered 51 points (21g-30a) in 179 games.
“I’m excited,” Zajac said. “It’s good to see the guys and get back into routine and the swing of things. Looking to get back out there and help this team win, that’s the most important thing.”
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