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Former Wing Joey MacDonald rewarded for losing performance by being placed on waivers

He's anything but the Red Wings' player anymore, but this move absolutely baffles me, per Flames Nation's Kent Wilson, who reports that Rito Berra and Karri Ramo will now be Calgary's goaltending tandem, with Joey MacDonald heading to the Abbotsford Heat:

MacDonald was fine in the Wings' 4-3 win over Calgary, but...Well, I still don't get this one.

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If by “fine” you mean allowing two bad goals in the third period of a 2-2 game and giving up a bad rebound into the slot (to Pav of all people) on the first goal when he clearly saw the slapper all the way from the point and just missed it with the glove hand, yes, I agree, that was a “fine” performance. 

The move is just as “baffling” when you throw in his 3.16 GAA and .885 SV%.  I’m sure 29 teams will be lining up for his services.

Posted by jkm2011 on 11/02/13 at 01:40 PM ET

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While it may “absolutely baffle” some, here’s the money quote from Flames blogger Kent Wilson …

I never understood, however, why they decided to re-sign [MacDonald] this off-season. A 33-year old career back-up/below replacement level tender isn’t a useful asset from any angle. He’s not trade-able and he’s not going to get better.

After a rough night against the Wings yesterday and boasting an .885 SV% to start the season, Joey Mac is going back from whence he came - the waiver wire. My guess is he isn’t picked up by anybody ...

Joey’s seems to be a good guy, but unfortunately he’s just not a very good goalie.

Posted by SK77 on 11/02/13 at 02:02 PM ET

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The new era in Flames netminding begins post-Kipper.
Berra and Ramo probably won’t last long in the NHL but they gotta see which one wants the TG gig in cowtown.
Joey Mac had a decent run but that effort last night was gross.

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 11/02/13 at 03:01 PM ET

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Kind of baffling that this would baffle anyone…

Posted by Garth on 11/02/13 at 06:06 PM ET

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