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Remember Fred Brathwaite? He wants to make an NHL comeback

Aug 29, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

Fred Brathwaite

Turns out Dominik Hasek isn’t the only old goalie looking to make an NHL comeback this season.

According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, former Oilers/Flames/Blues/Blue Jackets goalie Fred Brathwaite wants to return to the NHL this season. At 39 years-old he’s not as old as Hasek, but his reasoning for getting one more shot makes a lot of sense.

“If nothing worked out (with a tryout), there was still wiggle room for me to go back to Europe. People are always getting hurt over there and people are never satisfied with their goaltending. Even just a tryout on my resume here would have opened up more doors for me in Europe.”

Brathwaite hasn’t played in the NHL since the 2003-04 season and since then has spent three years in the KHL, two in the AHL, and four more in the German pro league with Mannheim. He says the impending NHL lockout hurts his chances of landing a job in Europe as NHL goalies will want to play in Europe, thus costing him a shot at a job.

His numbers in Germany the last few seasons have been average, but like he says, he just wants a chance to show what he’s got.

  1. kantnockdahustle89 - Aug 29, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    His logic does make sense but thats about it. Wait til they see on his resume that he hasnt played in the NHL since 04…that should say something no?

  2. bigtganks - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    I’m 35, and a business analyst, but want quarterback the powerplay for the Canucks…

    That just made as much sense as his logic. Oh and I can’t skate either…

    • duluthbuttonhut - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      How would that make as much sense? He is a professional goaltender that has had success as an NHL regular (albeit a few years ago). You are a business analyst that wishes you were Jason Garrison, despite not being able to skate. Not on the same level, at all.

    • danphipps01 - Aug 29, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      His logic is entirely reasonable because his goals are – he’s not trying to actually make the NHL, he just wants to help his odds across the pond by perhaps making an NHL tryout successfully. He doesn’t seem to harbour any delusions of actually playing in the NHL.

  3. murtdurt - Aug 29, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    I loved freddy B when he played for the flames!

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 29, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Does remembering him because I signed him so he could be instantly traded in NHL 09 count?

  5. jacketsfan7 - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Stop Detroit again Fred

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