On Wednesday, the National Hockey League announced the Waiver claims following the placement of several players on the wire Tuesday morning. Included on the list was Winnipeg’s Anton Forsberg and Toronto’s Jimmy Vesey – both of which were claimed. All other players placed on Waivers made it through without issue.
Forsberg, 28, was claimed by Winnipeg off Waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes back on January 15, just three days after the team lost its original ‘third goaltender’ Eric Comrie via Waivers to the New Jersey Devils.
Forsberg joined the team and has since been serving as its backup to the backup. With reigning Vezina Trophy winner Connor Hellebuyck holding down the fort and backup netminder Laurent Brossoit boasting a dazzling 5-1-0 mark, Forsberg did not draw into the lineup for any game action. He was used at Jets practices and travelled on the road with the club should an injury occur.
Luckily for Winnipeg, he served his role as the third goalie well, and was not needed in any games. That, however, may have been slightly detrimental for Forsberg, who was unable to put any statistics beside his name in terms of games-played, either in the NHL or the American Hockey League.
At this point, just suiting up in game action in the AHL may seem foreign to the aging backstop.
With Winnipeg once again recently taking back Eric Comrie after he was placed back on Waivers, the team has seen Comrie undergo his mandatory quarantine and has been with the Moose ever since, actually starting once for his 84th win as a member of Manitoba’s AHL team.
The NHL’s Taxi Squad regulations require a minimum of three goaltenders between each team’s active roster and Taxi Squad at any given time, so Comrie has been recalled, and will begin serving in the third goaltender role on the Taxi Squad for the time being. Mikhail Berdin, Arturs Silovs and Cole Kehler will remain in between the pipes for the Moose.
Forsberg spent the 2019-20 season with Carolina, before signing a one-year contract with Edmonton this past October. However, he was claimed off Waivers by the Hurricanes in early January, only to be placed back on Waivers for the Jets to acquire his services a week later.
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 the news of Ottawa’s claim of Forsberg, the Jets announced that defenceman Ville Heinola would also be joining Eric Comrie as a player moving to Winnipeg’s Taxi Squad. Heinola has played in all 16 games with the Moose this season, earning four goals and 10 points in the process.