The New Jersey Devils have a ton of injuries currently, but the good news is some of the players they have brought in from the AHL have played very well.
The problem that comes up with that is the players you are hoping will get better don’t have a spot when better players come off of injury. That is exactly what is happening to Mattias Tedenby. Ryan Carter is finally healthy enough to return to the ice after a knee injury suffered at the end of November, but there is no spot for him on the roster. Peter DeBoer and Lou Lamoriello could send down someone like Reid Boucher who would go down without having to pass through waivers, but he has brought a lot of spark for this team. You could look into sending down Cam Janssen again, but he is another guy who has done enough to hold his spot on the team.
The Devils decided to send Tedenby through waivers on Friday to make room for Carter. If he clears them by noon Saturday then he will be reassigned to the Albany Devils. This move shows the lack of faith that the Devils have in Tedenby as he seems to have fallen out of favor with DeBoer most of all. His stats are putrid with only one goal in 15 games while producing a minus-8 plus/minus.
Jacob Josefson is also on the chopping block with his poor play, and if he doesn’t step it up he could be sent down next.
Tedenby can now be claimed by any other NHL team, and to be honest I don’t think the Devils would mind. He is what they call in baseball a quadruple A player. What that means is he kills it while he is in the minors but is terrible while he plays in the NHL. If he makes it through waivers, he needs to stay down for at least a month. He needs to find some way to get consistency. If he is claimed, hopefully he does better with a change of scenery.
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