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Former Stars goalie Scott Wedgewood is leaving for Nashville in free agency, according to the report

Former Stars goalie Scott Wedgewood is leaving for Nashville in free agency, according to the report

Jake Oettinger will have a new number 2 as goalkeeper next season in Dallas.

Former Stars goalie Scott Wedgewood agreed to a two-year contract with the Nashville Predators on the first day of NHL free agency, according to Frank Seravalli of the Daily Faceoff.

The 31-year-old reserve goalkeeper has played for the Stars for the past three seasons and played no fewer than 32 games in the 2023-2024 season, a personal record.

Wedgewood posted a 16-7-5 record with an .899 save percentage and a 2.85 goals-against average.

He played a crucial role for the Stars in a challenging year for starter Jake Oettinger, who struggled on the ice and missed nearly a month in December and January with a groin injury. During that stretch, Wedgewood played 11 straight games and posted a solid 6-3-2 record.

Early in the year, Oettinger and Wedgewood played in a set rotation, with Wedgewood playing every four games, giving Oettinger important opportunities that kept him fresh at the end of the season and prepared him for 19 consecutive playoff starts.

In addition to his respectable play, Wedgewood is a popular locker room guy who is willing to work with teammates like Oettinger and Jason Robertson to improve their play. After bouncing between New Jersey and Arizona for the first five years of his NHL career, he has found stability in Dallas. With the recent birth of his first child, it is a situation that has benefited him and the team.

Before the Stars decided to re-sign him, Oettinger advocated for Wedgewood to stay.

“He’s the best goalie partner I’ve ever had in my career,” Oettinger said. “Knowing that you have someone who has your back and wants you to do really well, he’s helped me so much and gives me confidence, and yeah, I really, really want to see him again.”

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