Stars sign Scott Wedgewood to 2-year extension
Dallas acquired Wedgewood from the Arizona Coyotes before the March 21 trade deadline in exchange for a conditional 2023 fourth-round pick, which became a third-rounder since the Stars qualified for the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Wedgewood split his 2021-22 season between the New Jersey Devils, Coyotes, and Stars, authoring a .910 save percentage across 37 appearances. Arizona claimed him off waivers from New Jersey in November.
The Ontario, Canada, native enjoyed his best statistical stretch of the campaign in the Lone Star State, suiting up for eight games with the Stars while posting a .913 save percentage and 3.05 goals against average.
Wedgewood played last season on a one-year, $825,000 deal, and he was set to become an unrestricted free agent.
The 29-year-old owns a career 23-33-14 record and a .906 save percentage in 77 appearances.
Dallas entered the 2021-22 campaign with a crowded crease, but the team's situation thinned out considerably after Ben Bishop retired in December. Meanwhile, Anton Khudobin and Braden Holtby, a pending unrestricted free agent, were widely limited due to injuries.
Youngster Jake Oettinger took on the bulk of the starting duties and performed admirably in the regular season with a .914 save percentage across 48 appearances. Oettinger went on to dazzle in the playoffs, putting up a .954 save percentage and 1.81 goals against average in seven games.
Wedgewood will likely serve as Oettinger's backup next season, but the rising star needs a new contract as a pending restricted free agent.