Detroit claims G Magnus Hellberg off waivers

I included the Sean Shapiro remark including to the information from the waiver-watchers as a result of it is essentially the most urgent level right here.

For the boring particulars, Magnus Hellberg is a 31-year outdated Swedish goaltender who was drafted by Nashville in 2011. Breaking into the NHL as a goaltender is more durable than some other place to start out with and he had the unlucky luck of being behind the Predator’s tandems.

The Red Wings introduced Hellberg again to North America late final season the place he surprisingly performed only one sport for us even if we had been clearly tanking and there wasn’t actually a motive to not play him (let’s simply blame Blashill). Unsurprisingly, when the Wings introduced Ville Husso on board, the writing was on the wall for the unrestricted free agent.

Hellberg signed with the Seattle Kraken within the offseason however was positioned on waivers and claimed by Ottawa earlier than taking part in for the Kraken. He received into one sport with the Sens earlier than heading again to waivers after which again to Seattle. Recently he discovered himself as soon as once more on the carousel and now lands with the Red Wings.

Magnus Hellberg’s NHL profession spans elements of 5 seasons. He’s performed in six video games and has by no means been credited with a loss. All his different stats aren’t price sharing on right here any greater than that one was as a result of six video games is a horrible pattern measurement. He’s a giant man and is nice sufficient at taking part in goalie to be within the NHL. Nobody is aware of if he is adequate to be a starter right here as a result of… effectively have a look at the six video games factor.

So why did Detroit declare him?

I’m certain when the diggers get round to asking they’ll get some solutions about how he is an excellent man and helpful and perhaps even inform us one thing new concerning the standing of the goaltenders already on the roster.

I have no idea. It’s not instantly clear. Here’s some affordable hypothesis although:

We’re proper concerning the time of yr when groins and hamstrings can get testy and it is doable that a part of the explanation we have seen extra Husso currently is that Ned is coping with one thing that the staff hasn’t felt like placing him on IR and disrupting Grand Rapids’ goaltending state of affairs for.

The Red Wings had an additional roster spot and this man is clearly adequate to be intriguing in a league the place goalies come into excessive demand within the blink of an eye fixed. Just as a result of he wasn’t tradeable on November twenty second doesn’t suggest he will not be on November twenty fifth.

If nothing else materializes, the Red Wings are out the chump-change sum a staff has to pay one other for claiming a man off waivers they usually must pay him for being on their roster, however there’s nothing within the guidelines nor significantly within the unstated etiquette that claims you’ll be able to’t put him again on waivers a couple of days later.

Hopefully we’ll get extra steerage quickly, however I’m on this pick-up.

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