According to Russian publication Sovetsky Sport, netminder Martin Gerber has taken former teammate Ray Emery's old KHL job with Atlant Mytishchi on a one-year contract.
You know, I think Gerber got a bit of a bum rap last season in Ottawa when he was waived and then demoted to the minors, something that came as a result more of his team's struggles and his bloated salary than truly awful play. There were plenty of netminders who had worse seasons last year — look at what Vesa Toskala did in Toronto — and besides, Ottawa's biggest issue was scoring goals.
In any event, Gerber turns 35 in September and we may have seen the last of him in North America. He leaves with a 110-78-14 career record and a .910 career save percentage, as well as a lot of Senators owner Eugene Melnyk's loot.
It's a tough gig being a goalie in the NHL — one day you're worth $3-million plus in free agency, a few years later, you're off to the KHL without any similar offers to play in the best league in the world. (Tough being a relative term here.)
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