Welcome back Martin Gerber. Exiled to Russia after struggling with the Ottawa Senators, the Swiss netminder is back in Edmonton on a two-way contract. He told the Edmonton Journal Sunday he was just happy for another shot at the big league.
“Since Ottawa, I was looking forward to a chance,” he said. “It’s up to me to show the best I can, then management will decide what will happen.”
Expect him to spend most — if not all — his time in the minors, depending on what happens with Nikolai Khabibulin’s drunk driving convictions (he’s appealing his sentence). Gerber is fourth on the depth chart, behind three guys with one-way contracts.
Gerber never could solidify himself as the No. 1 goaltender in Ottawa, losing the starting job to Ray Emery, Alex Auld and Brian Elliott at different times.