Heading into next season, it’s no secret that this Calgary Flames roster needs a lot of work all over the place. But the one position that will be most talked about over the course of the summer is the goaltending. With Miikka Kiprusoff potentially calling it a career, it could be wide open.
As of right now, the only true veteran in position to take the place of Kiprusoff, if he decides to call it quits, would be Joey MacDonald. However, there are other options deeper in the organization, including a couple of younger options for the future.
One of those options is prospect Reto Berra. Fresh off of a strong showing at this month’s IIHF World Championships, he could be primed to make an impact as early as next season.
Berra was a large part of why Team Switzerland was able to make it to the Gold Medal Game over the weekend, though they ended up falling to Sweden in the final on Sunday. Nonetheless, he was a key piece of the team throughout the tournament.
He started four games for the Swiss team in the tournament, allowing only four goals combined across those starts. That gave him a goals-against average of just 1.00, along with a very nice save percentage of .967. Those numbers include a shutout. He actually outplayed starter Martin Gerber, though the more seasoned option ended up getting the bulk of the starts.
Berra was acquired in the Jay Bouwmeester deal earlier this year at the trade deadline. If what we saw in the tournament is any indication, he could be one to watch for the Flames next season. He has a big frame for a goaltender, standing 6’4″, and moves around the crease well. He’ll be one to watch when training camp opens up for the Flames later on this summer.