This move isn't very surprising, in fact it was a move that seemed like it was bound to happen. With Tedenby being put on non-roster waivers, it not only immediately cleared the roster space for Carter, but it does allow the Devils to stick him in Albany. At this point, it's just a matter of if he gets claimed by any team. If he is not claimed by noon on Saturday, he will be sent to the A-Devils.
At this juncture, it would be a better move for both parties if Tedenby is claimed by another team. The speedy, former first-round draft pick has shown some flashes of strong play, but has been plagued by inconsistency in his career. He never really seemed to fit into the Devils system, which requires both strong forechecking and backchecking.
On a team that runs a more wide-open system, the Vetlanda, Sweden native has the speed and stick handling ability to make some plays. Perhaps a team out west like Edmonton or Colorado would be a nice fit for his skill set.
Not all is lost for Mattias, as he could end up going to Albany. Of course, his two-way contract of $600,000 would still count in Albany. They'd have to pay all of the remaining money on the contract if Tedenby plays either in Albany or New Jersey for the rest of the season.
The fact is, this is a move that had to be done. With more players coming back over the next few days, the Devils had to finally risk losing Tedenby via waivers. His best season with New Jersey came in 2010-2011, when he scored eight goals and added 14 assists, while playing in 58 games for New Jersey. Tedenby has just two goals for New Jersey in the three seasons since, in 62 games. He has one goal in 15 games this year, with a minus-eight rating.
Though there was so much promise surrounding him when the Devils used the twenty-fourth overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft to select him, it's clear that his years of inconsistent play may find him once again in Albany, or even another team's sweater in the near future.