Tailing the Komets: Houser recalled to Tucson
On the same day that the Arizona Coyotes acquired goaltender Scott Wedgewood from New Jersey for fifth-round draft pick, the Coyotes’ American Hockey League farm club recalled Komets goaltender Michael Houser. Houser has played in three games with the Komets, going 2-0-1 with a 2.33 goals against average and .904 save percentage.
The Roadrunners also have just received goaltender Adin Hill on a loan from Arizona, along with Marek Langhamer and they currently have Hunter Miska on their roster. Wedgewood is listed on Tucson’s roster, but he’s backing up for the Coyotes tonight because Antti Raanta is injured, though he’s been practicing and is expected back in the lineup Monday at Philadelphia.
That’s five goaltenders, which sometimes means a team is looking to make a trade. The Roadrunners are also off until Friday after tonight’s home game against Iowa.
The Komets are off until Friday, and they have tons of options. More than likely, Tucson will either send Houser or someone else down in time for Friday’s game, or they could simply go with Garrett Bartus as their No. 1 which they did much of last year when Pat Nagle got hurt. There’s a chance they could call up Sean Bonar from the SPHL, who has two shutouts in his first two games with Pensacola.
How can Tucson have five goaltenders on the roster? Unlike NHL or ECHL teams, AHL teams have unlimited rosters and no salary cap. Must be nice.