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from Nick Groke of All Things Avs,
The Avalanche on Sunday dropped rookie goalie Calvin Pickard back to the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters. It was an expected move — Colorado coach Patrick Roy had said it was coming at some point. But it still caused some consternation....
But Pickard’s rise did raise some serious questions — mainly about Colorado’s backup goalie Reto Berra. It was (maybe is) a legitimate goalie controversy.
The Avs reached to get Berra at last season’s trade deadline, then gave him a three-year, $4.35-million contract extension nine days later....
And Roy on Sunday was not treating Berra with kid gloves.
“Unfortunately, this is the business we’re in,” Roy said. “We’re in the business where we need to win hockey games. There was a guy (Pickard) who came in and played hard for us. (Berra) is lucky today that Pickard is not 25- or 26-years-old.”
What Roy means, it seems, is that if Pickard were already further along in his development and making a bigger salary, that Berra might have been replaced by Pickard. Instead, Roy and Sakic decided that Pickard needed the regularity of games in the AHL instead of the bench spot Berra occupies.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
His often-shaky play has done little to quiet the fears that Colorado made mistakes both when it acquired him at the trading deadline on March 5 from Calgary, and — perhaps even more important — signed him to a three-year, $4.35-million contract extension only nine days later....
Berra has had solid games this season, and at least didn't reprise his shaky showings in his cameo appearances down the stretch last season. But with Varlamov out, this is his latest chance to win over the skeptics, and so far, he's failing. After Roy pulled him when Carolina took a 3-1 lead late in the first period Saturday night, Pickard shut out the Hurricanes the rest of the way in a 4-3 Colorado victory.
Berra's save percentage is below the Astrom Line, at .895, his goals-against average is 3.16.
Also at stake here is Avalanche organizational goaltender evaluation credibility. And that's a very strange thing to have to say about a team that has Roy as its head coach and Francois Allaire, renowned if occasionally a bit controversial as a goaltending whisperer, as its goaltending coach.
No update from the Avalanche on Berra.
Earlier today Semyon Varlamov was put on IR with a groin injury and that leaves Calvin Pickard as the only healthy goalie for the Avs at this point.
Flames get Avs 2nd round pick this year.