RE 10-11: Martin Gerber

The signing of Martin Gerber was an astute move by Steve Tambellini. Gerber’s spot on the roster (4th on the depth chart) allows them to make sure the Barons have solid goaltending and offers a suitable backup plan should last season’s snafu repeat itself with the big league club.

  • Boxcars: 30gp, 2.19 (all numbers KHL)
  • SP: .914
  • WLT: 15-6-6
  • SP ahead of backup: .006
  • Cap hit: $500,000 ($200,000 AHL) times 1 year (UFA 2011)
  1. What do these numbers tell us? His .914 SP was good enough for 16th overall in the KHL, a very good hockey league. His final NHL season (08-09) saw his SP hit .902, which makes him a solid “replacement level” candidate for the Oilers goaltending (Khabibulin would exceed that, but Gerber is unlikely to be on the NHL roster is NK is playing).
  2. How could these numbers be better? He was doing well in the KHL until he suffered another injury (broken back) in the middle of the season.
  3. Is he healthy? We’ll find out in training camp. 36 years old, coming off a broken back. Everything looks rosy.
  4. How Important is he to the organization? He’s insurance and may never play for the Oilers. I wouldn’t bet on it, though..
  5. Does this bring the list of goalies that will play with the Oilers this season to an end? Yes, but there’s a chance Olivier Roy emerges as the “goalie of the future” at this training camp and God only knows how the Oilers would handle that situation.
Prediction for 2010-11: 10gp, 3.60 .899
If only he’d been good enough to keep the ’06 spring starting job

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