The Calgary Flames are giving Reto Berra one heck of a welcome to the NHL, as they’ve tabbed him the starter against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. Calgary recalled Berra from the Abbotsford Heat after sending Joey MacDonald through waivers.
One of the larger question marks for the Flames heading into the season was in net. After enjoying rock solid starts from Miikka Kiprusoff for the better parts of nine seasons, the goaltender retired in the offseason and left Calgary without a clear-cut starter. MacDonald was given the reigns early, and while the team won some hockey games it had little to do with the goaltending.
Karri Ramo has an unimpressive 2-3-1 record through his spot starts in Calgary, and has yet to push his save percentage over the .900 mark. With Calgary’s season hanging in the balance as the offense cools off, the team made an aggressive move in recalling Berra from the AHL with the intent of handing him a string of starts.
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Berra wasn’t exactly killing it in the minors, which makes this move all the more interesting for Calgary. Through nine games he’d posted a 2.66 GAA to go along with a .909 save percentage. If he can post similar numbers for the Flames, he’s the shoo in to be the No. 1 there, but we’re not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing.
We’ll find out whether or not the 26-year-old can hang pretty quickly against the ‘Hawks.