Joey MacDonald has cleared waivers for the Calgary Flames and will report to the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL. Lost in the excitement of Reto Berra’s outstanding NHL debut against the Chicago Blackhawks was MacDonald’s demotion. After the journeyman netminder grabbed several starts to open the season in Calgary, he was unable to cement a hold on the No. 1 spot due to generally lackluster play.
— Abbotsford Heat (@abbotsfordheat) November 4, 2013
There were several teams that could have used a free goalie, but MacDonald’s peripherals and level of play just didn’t make him worth picking up for the rest of the year. He’s 3-3-1 this season, and had a 3.16 GAA to go along with an unsightly .885 save percentage. The undrafted 33-year-old goalie knows this song and dance all too well.
He’s bounced between the minors and the NHL his entire playing career, but has always seemed to come down with a job somewhere. The Flames were his fifth team, and MacDonald had two different stints with the Detroit Red Wings. The Wings waived him last season, only to see Calgary snatch him off the wire.
That arrangement didn’t last too long however. Reto Berra and Karri Ramo were also brought in to compete for that No. 1 job, and it appears that Berra has taken the lead for the gig at this juncture.
#Flames head coach Bob Hartley on G Reto Berra: “I just want to make clear it’s not a one-game shot … He’s going to get many starts.”
— Wes Gilbertson (@SUNGilbertson) November 3, 2013
Tough break for a guy that’s always been a professional and done everything that’s asked of him. The NHL is a performance based industry though, and MacDonald just didn’t perform well enough to stick this time around.