Not many analysts picked the Arizona Coyotes to be a playoff team in 2017-18. Most experts agreed that the young team would be on the rise this season though and eclipse their 78 pint season from a year ago. With a new head coach behind the bench and a bigger injection of youth into the lineup, anything seemed possible in Arizona. After a historically bad 0-10-1 start to the season though, things are about as bad as they can get for the desert dogs.
Goaltenders Antti Raanta and Louis Domingue have been mostly terrible this season, leading GM John Chayka to make a trade for New Jersey Devils backup Scott Wedgewood yesterday afternoon. Now, with the Wedgewood acquisition done and Domingue having been placed on waivers, Chayka isn’t mincing words when describing his team’s dreadful goaltending.
Ouch. Thanks for the effort, Louis… don’t let the door hit you on the way out. It remains to be seen whether or not Domingue remains with the organization or if he ends up with another team as a result of being placed on waivers, but one thing’s clear in Arizona: the net is up for grabs. Expected started Antti Ranta has been sidelined with a lower body injury since Oct. 12th, but could return next week. Until then, the Coyotes put their faith in Wedgewood’s ability to stop the bleeding.