Shuffling The Deck

A lot of up and down movement the last couple of days as the parent Devils try to figure out how to get back on a winning track:

-On Tuesday, a goaltending switch for Albany, as Maxime Clermont was sent back to Elmira and Scott Wedgewood was recalled from Trenton. Clermont fared well in his one appearance, a shootout loss at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday evening, only allowing one goal during regulation. Wedgewood carries a 17-21-3 record and a 3.24 GAA with the Titans into his first AHL stint.

-Later in the day, Cam Janssen was recalled to New Jersey and promptly put on fourth line duty with Krys Barch and Stephen Gionta. All he did was log 5 and a half minutes of ice time against the Lightning and board rookie Cory Conacher.

-Also on Tuesday, Keith Kinkaid made his NHL debut in the second period after Johan Hedberg fell behind 3-0. He stopped 12 of 13 shots in 26 minutes of ice time, including an awesome stop on a Steven Stamkos breakaway.

-Today, a goalie switch at the top, as Kinkaid was sent back to Albany and Jeff Frazee goes up in his place. He has yet to make his NHL debut, but has served two separate one game backup stints in the past (in November 2010 and February 2012). But with Hedberg still being the starter in the absence of Marty Brodeur, time will tell if Frazee finally gets his chance.

-After a one game appearance, Janssen was reassigned to Albany, and later in the day a possible reason why: New Jersey picked up forward Tom Kostopoulos off waivers from Pittsburgh, who had just signed him to a 1 year deal after signing with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the lockout. He appeared in 17 games for the Pens, scoring 3 goals and dishing out 4 assists. He actually played Saturday against Albany in Pennsylvania, getting one assist and scoring in the fifth round of a 6 round shootout, helping the Penguins get the win.


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