Oct. 18: Kinkaid has cleared waivers, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports. Per Elite Prospects’ roster log, Kinkaid will be loaned outside of the organization to the AHL’s Chicago Wolves, where he’s expected to assume a starting role.
Kinkaid, 34, was signed by the Devils this offseason to fill a depth role but sustained an upper-body injury during camp that prevented him from hitting waivers before the season started. Now healthy, the Devils can involve him in a transaction and attempt to send him to the AHL’s Utica Comets.
The Devils needed a second netminder for Utica when 22-year-old Nico Daws had to undergo hip surgery this summer, which will likely keep him out of commission until mid-December. For the time being, Utica will go with a veteran tandem of Kinkaid and former Maple Leaf Erik Källgren in the crease.
Kinkaid’s days of being an everyday NHLer are certainly behind him, but Devils fans will remember his play as a fill-in for the oft-injured Cory Schneider in the late 2010s. Kinkaid’s best campaign came during the 2017-18 season, starting a career-high 38 games and posting a 26-10-3 record and .913 save percentage to help lead the Devils to their first playoff berth since losing to the Kings in the 2012 Stanley Cup Final.
Since then, however, he’s primarily served as a third-string option for organizations such as the Canadiens, Rangers, Bruins and Avalanche. He hasn’t made double-digit NHL appearances in a single season since his last year with the Devils in 2018-19. In one contest with the Bruins and one with the Avalanche in 2022-23, Kinkaid recorded a lone win and a .950 save percentage in 88 minutes of play, stopping 38 of 40 shots faced.