GM in the Making
Joined: May 2017
Both Wedgewood and Rieder are also arbitration-eligible this off-season, so maybe that played into the thinking a little bit.
There's also a question that lies at the core of this trade: is Darcy Kuemper potentially a #1 goaltender? Raanta's a UFA, he might want to explore elsewhere, and behind him, there was only Wedgewood. Is Kuemper MORE ready than Wedgewood to potentially fill that role? I would say yes, which explains to me the immediate extension.
I'll be honest - I like this trade from both sides. Rieder has almost 300 games of NHL experience, and over 100 points. Wedgewood joins his third NHL team, still searching for consistent playing time. In Kuemper, Arizona gains a reliable #2 who may (at least possibly) be ready to be a #1. So, the Kings downgrade in goal (which, how much does that really matter when you have Quick?) in order to upgrade at the forward position. Makes sense. The Kings have 3 forwards in the top 150 in points this year. They need offense to survive.
I may not personally have pulled this trigger - but I don't see it as a fleecing, either. Just a gamble.