As Wednesday's trade deadline came and went; the Colorado Avalanche made one move, acquiring goaltender Reto Berra from the Calgary Flames in exchange for a second round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
“With this acquisition we feel we have further solidified our goaltending situation, for the present and future,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic. “He has already shown he can be successful at the NHL level and we are excited about what he can bring to our team.”
The 27-year-old Berra is in his first NHL season after eight seasons in the National League in his native Switzerland. In 29 games, Berra has posted a .897 save percentage and a 2.95 goals against average. He was also the backup goaltender for the Swiss team at the 2014 Winter Olympics, posting an impressive 1.02 goals against average and a .968 save percentage.
The Avalanche plan to carry three goalies for the remainder of the season. Backup Jean-Sebastien Giguere has been hampered this season by injury, so the move gives Colorado insurance in case starter Semyon Varlamov goes down.
"We wanted to make sure that if something happens to (Semyon Varlamov), we have a good guy there if Jiggy's back doesn't hold up," said Sakic.
The Avalanche also signed defenseman Cody Corbett to a three-year entry level contract.