The Detroit Red Wings plan to carry three goaltenders, taking advantage of the roster and cap space to do so.
They bought out Magnus Hellberg on Wednesday afternoon, claiming him off waivers shortly before Ville Husso made 26 saves for a 3-0 victory over the Nashville Predators.
Hellberg was with the Wings late last season to provide depth, and that’s apparently what general manager Steve Yzerman thinks again.
“Steve called me today,” coach Derek Lalonde said after Wednesday’s win at Little Caesars Arena. “It was new for me. It wasn’t something we talked about as a band.
“His exact words were, we have a lot of hockey coming up. We have a place on the list. I think he gives us another option if one of our two goalies here goes down. I’m not GR as close as I probably should be, but I think we’d like another option if something goes wrong with our top two guys. Those are literally Steve’s exact words.
Hellberg, 31, played in the Wings’ season finale and stopped 20 of 23 shots in a win. He started this season with the Kraken, was waived and claimed by the Ottawa Senators, where he played one game (2.00 goals-against average, .935 save percentage) before being returned to the waivers, where the Kraken claimed it.
While Husso was outstanding (2.36 goals-against average, .922 save percentage), Alex Nedeljkovic struggled (4.33, .873). Wings goaltenders with the Grand Rapids Griffins have also gone through tough times, with Victor Brattstrom posting a 4.05 GAA and .874 save percentage in eight games and Jussi Olkinuora a 4.21 GAA and . .858 saves, also in eight games.
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