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Stalock and Berra Placed on Waivers

Stalock and Berra Placed on Waivers

Toronto’s Alex Stalock and Colorado’s Reto Berra were among eight players placed on waivers on Sunday, as the NHL trade deadline looms.

The Maple Leafs acquired Stalock from San Jose on Saturday, in a deal which saw popular puck stopper James Reimer join the Sharks.

The 28-year old looked set to battle it out with Martin Jones for the Sharks #1 job this season, but struggled to stake a serious claim as he posted a 3-5-2 record with a 2.95 goals-against average and .884 save percentage.

The St. Paul, Minnesota native is set to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer, and his future in the NHL is now unclear after failing to truly impress in California. Stalock played parts of five seasons with the Sharks organisation, compiling an NHL career record of 24-19-7 with a .911 save percentage and 2.37 goals-against average.

Many now expect the Maple Leafs to finish the season with Jonathan Bernier and Garret Sparks as their goaltending duo, with both likely keen to cement their long term future with the organisation amid a comprehensive rebuild at the club.

29-year old Berra made a strong start to the new season, despite some defensive difficulties for the Avalanche. The former Calgary Flame posted an impressive .943 adjusted save percentage at even strength 5v5, which ranked among the best in the NHL prior to an injury sustained in December.

During Berra’s absence, Colorado saw a significant upturn in form from #1 Semyon Varlamov while 23-year old Calvin Pickard continued to make a solid start to his NHL career.

Berra has one more year remaining on his contract, which carries a cap hit of $1.45 million, and many believe the improvements he made to his game during his time working with veteran goalie coach Francois Allaire in Denver have put him in good stead for the future.

But with Colorado committed to 49 contracts, the decision to waive Berra may have been motivated by a need to make room for a trade prior to Monday’s deadline, with Pickard’s play making the Swiss stopper somewhat expendable.

About The Author

Rob McGregor

A member of the InGoal Magazine family since 2014, Rob is also Media Manager for the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) in the UK and a former goaltender in Great Britain's third tier National League (NIHL).