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Coyotes claim Wedgewood off waivers

The netminder had previously played for the during the 2017-18 season.

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The Arizona Coyotes have made a move to sure up their goaltending position, claiming goaltender Scott Wedgewood off waivers.

Wedgewood had been with the New Jersey Devils for the previous two seasons, playing 19 games. He has started two games this season and has a 3.19 goals-against average and a .880 save percentage.

Wedgewood had briefly appeared with the Coyotes during the 2017-18 seasons when he started 17 games and finished with a 5-9-4 record. But late in the season, Wedgewood and forward Tobias Rieder were sent to the Los Angeles Kings for goaltender Darcy Kuemper.

With Wedgewood, the Coyotes have a little more flexibility in their goaltending. Karel Vejmelka will continue to serve as the Coyotes' starter, but the team is free to send backup goaltender Ivan Prosvetov back to the AHL to play for the Tucson Roadrunners.

Prosvetov seems to be the Coyotes' current goaltender of the future, but he still needs time to develop, and the best place for that is the AHL. He isn't going to improve much riding the bench, he needs to need to get play time, preferably in games that he can actually win.