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Report: Avalanche ink Berra to three-year extension

Mar 14, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT

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The Colorado Avalanche have reportedly signed goaltender Reto Berra to a three-year extension, per the Denver Post.

Berra, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, hasn’t played a game yet for the Avalanche and had a 2.95 GAA and .897 save percentage in 29 games with the Calgary Flames.

It caught some people off guard when the Avalanche scarified a second-round pick in order to pry the 27-year-old rookie away from Calgary when they already had Semyon Varlamov and Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

The initial explanation for the trade was that the Avalanche wanted an insurance policy in case Giguere’s back becomes an issue again. It was later revealed that Giguere is also seriously considering retirement and Colorado consequently got Berra with the intention of elevating him to the backup role in 2014-15.

Berra will get his first start with the Colorado Avalanche on March 19, according to the Post’s Adrian Dater.

  1. runhigh24 - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Three year deal for a goalie with under a .900 save percentage? Even the Flyers think this one is questionable.

    • thethorntonstrokes - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      Well I mean we all have seen how Roy seems to have made Varlamov a top 5 goalie in the league. I wouldn’t wouldn’t question this too much.

  2. withseidelinn - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    I think this was bit of a knee-jerk reaction to Giguere announcing he will most likely retire. Probably could have waited it out and went after someone better in the FA pool.

    • davebabychreturns - Mar 14, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      At this point it seems like Patrick Roy might know a little bit more about goaltending than the rest of us. Can’t really argue with the results he’s gotten on the ice this year..

  3. joey4id - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    This is a good deal considering he’ll be a backup to Varly, and playing (when he plays) behind a much better team than the Flames. He’s an insurance policy for the aging Giguere who is hinting about retirement. It just seems like the Avs are on their game, both off and on the ice. Kudos to Roy and Sakic.

    • spezzdispenser - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      Don’t forget to save your comment in case Berra proves you right later.

      • joey4id - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        Sir! You obviously are a novice internet user. PHT is a great source for data storage, and the browser (the program with a graphical user interface for displaying HTML files, used to navigate the WWW) provides excellent searching capabilities. This feature renders saving my comments rather obsolete.
        BTW, WWW = World Wide Web 😉

      • darksidecowboy - Mar 14, 2014 at 4:22 PM

        joey4id sounds like blomfield sans Elvis video, am I right?

  4. guitarhunterdude - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Well, he’s a body that can be thrown in the net. That’s about all you can say about Berra, really. Not the greatest signing.

  5. jernster21 - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Berra has attended Francois Allaire’s camps before so he’s familiar with him and obviously likes something about him to get Roy/Sakic to drop a 2nd rounder on him. Additionally, his numbers suck because Calgary sucks so there’s that.

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