REPORT: Reto Berra Returning to North America; Signs With Anaheim
HC Fribourg-Gotteron of the Swiss National League announced Wednesday that Swiss goaltender Reto Berra, who left the NHL for his home country earlier this year, will be returning to North America in the Fall.
Berra, 30, signed a contract with Fribourg-Gotteron in April, but after getting an offer from the Anaheim Ducks, decided to exercise his NHL out-clause and return for another go. His Swiss contract goes through 2020, and, according to the report, the remaining years are still in effect should Berra return in 2018-19.
Berra was a fourth round draft pick for the St. Louis Blues in 2004 and has played 61 games in the AHL since 2013-14 with a .907 save percentage. He also has played 70 games in the NHL with the Calgary Flames, the Colorado Avalanche, and the Florida Panthers (.904 save percentage).
Berra has at times been highly touted as an emerging netminder, both for the Avalanche in 2015 when replacing injured starter Semyon Varlamov and after being acquired by Florida in 2017 when Roberto Luongo was recovering from hip surgery. Things never seemed to work out as planned and over the long term, Berra’s performance at both the NHL and the AHL level has been lackluster.
Although the deal hasn’t been confirmed by the Ducks and contract details are not yet known, Berra is expected to join the AHL San Diego Gulls, as the Ducks will be teaming their young starter John Gibson with veteran Ryan Miller, newly signed on July 1.