The Winnipeg Jets dipped into the Waiver pool on Friday, claiming 28-year-old netminder Anton Forsberg from the Carolina Hurricanes. The Swedish backstop has bounced between the Carolina Hurricanes and Edmonton Oilers organizations the past while, with the Jets’ Waiver pickup giving Forsberg the most recent clarity on his soon-to-be whereabouts.
Having lost goaltender Eric Comrie to a New Jersey Devils Waiver claim just three days prior, Winnipeg was in the market for an ‘older’ players to fill the role of its open taxi squad goalie position, currently served by Mikhail Berdin.
Going against his better judgment, head coach Paul Maurice was forced to put youngster Berdin on the ‘practice team’ after losing Comrie to the Devils. Forsberg solves this issue, at least for the time being.
The newly-acquired backstop will be forced to continue his seven-day mandatory quarantine related to inter-provincial western Canada travel. Forsberg spent the past season with Carolina, before signing a one-year contract with Edmonton this past October. However, he was claimed off Waivers by the Hurricanes earlier this week, only to be placed back on Waivers on Thursday.
Winnipeg was among a number of teams interested in Forsberg’s service, but due to last season’s lower final standings placement, it was granted the Waiver request, as the pre-ordered running list will now have the Jets as the lowest priority team on the wire.
Only suiting up in three contests with the Hurricanes last season, Forsberg went 1-1-0 with a .897 save percentage and a 3.35 goals against average. He dressed in 27 games for the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers, going 15-9-2 with a .905 save percentage and a 2.95 goals against average.
He has a career 12-25-4 record in the NHL with a .901 save percentage and 3.22 goals against average while suiting up for the Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets.
Forsberg actually started one of his 48 career NHL games against Winnipeg at Bell MTS Place on March 15 of 2018. He was yanked from the Blackhawks’ crease after giving up three goals on six shots in just over nine minutes of first period action.
Shortly after news of the Forsberg acquisition, Winnipeg also announced that forward Kristian Vesalainen and defenceman Logan Stanley had been re-assigned to the club’s taxi squad, while a healthy Marko Dano has been assigned to the AHL’s Manitoba Moose after earlier clearing Waivers.