ALBANY, NY — A new/old face was on the ice for the Albany Devils practice Thursday at Times Union Center. Alexander Urbom, who has logged 190 games for Albany, joined the team after being claimed off waivers by New Jersey from Washington Wednesday.
Urbom began the season as a Devil, but was claimed by the Capitals on Oct. 3. He played 20 games before being put on waivers, allowing New Jersey to bring the defenseman back to the organization.
“I didn’t want to leave, was the first thing,” Urbom said. “I was disappointed in not making the team in New Jersey. Then, of course, I got an opportunity in the NHL, so I was real happy; I think everyone would have been. I think I played well, to be honest, in Washington, and of course it’s my first year and every game is not going to be the best, but I’m pretty happy with how I played and too bad it didn’t work out.”
Despite wearing a different jersey for the past three months, Urbom feels at home returning to Albany and the organization.
“It’s three months, I’ve been here for more than three years,” he said. “So it’s still the same here and the system is the same, so I feel like I never left.”
Now in his fourth season, Urbom has registered 43 points in the AHL and represented Albany at the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Last season, he played 68 games with the AHL Devils and posted eight assists.
Whether or not he will play in all three games this weekend is still unknown, considering Urbom’s last game was on Nov. 20.
“It’s going to be a day-by-day thing,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “He hasn’t played [in a three-in-three] up there and he hasn’t played it all year, so it’s tough on the big guys. Don’t look past our first game against Springfield. It’s a pace game. They’re high intensity fast games, so it will be an in-game adjustment as far as how much we play him, whether we use him on all of the specialty teams. Knowing that, we do want to get him in and play him as much as we possibly can, but we also don’t want to overplay him and just make sure we keep in the best position to succeed.”
The Devils begin the weekend against Springfield at 7 pm Friday at MassMutual Center.
The Devils are preparing for a three-in-three weekend, beginning Friday at 7 pm against Springfield at MassMutual Center. The team then hosts Manchester at 5 pm Saturday at Times Union Center and Hershey at 4 pm Sunday at Boardwalk Hall.
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