This move is as much about getting Kinkaid playing time as it is committing to Johan Hedberg as the Devils' starting goalie while Martin Brodeur is out. The Devils think enough of Kinkaid that they want him to play consistent minutes and 26 minutes in a week is not enough for a young, developing goalie. Frazee had spent most of his professional career with the Devils' AHL affiliates since being drafted in the second round in 2005. His time as the Devils' potential goalie of the future has likely passed him by and he'll spend the next week or so backing up Hedberg, who will see the majority (if not all) of starts while Brodeur is sidelined by his balky back.
As for Janssen, we weep for the end of the New Jersey Bash Brothers, but it was pretty obvious last night that he and Barch have no place on the same roster. In fact, I'm shocked Janssen isn't facing some sort of NHL discipline for the hit he put on Cory Conacher last night. I can't imagine that helped his stock with the coaching staff. With Janssen down, that creates an open roster spot -- and some intriguing options. Will the Devils recall Jacob Josefson or Matt Anderson? Do they have a waiver claim in on veteran defenseman Roman Hamrlik? I doubt the latter, but the former is certainly possible. We'll know by noon if the Devils have put in a claim but if that's not the corresponding move, we may be waiting until Thursday.