Before ever suiting up in a game with the club, Reto Berra has signed a new three-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche according to Adrian Dater of the Denver Post. The financials were not known at the time of the report.
Berra was acquired by the Avs from the Calgary Flames near the trade deadline for a second-round draft pick.
The 27-year-old Swiss import was playing on a one-year deal with the Flames. In 29 appearances for Calgary, Berra posted a 9-17-2 record, .897 save percentage and 2.95 goals-against average. Bad numbers on a bad team, but with Semyon Varlamov as the No. 1 for the Avalanche, Berra should be a capable backup.
Earlier this week, it came out that veteran Avalanhce backup goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere was mulling retirement. With him likely gone and Berra unlikely to make a ton more than his $1.3 million from his first NHL contract, the Avs have a player with age on his side and tangible NHL experience under his belt. Berra also was part of the Swiss Olympic team in Sochi.
As long as it's an affordable contract, there's no harm in giving Berra a chance. Based on giving up a second-round pick and the fact they've already signed him to a multi-year deal, the Avalanche must have seen something in Berra.
With Varlamov locked up through 2018-19, the Avs are pretty well set in net for the next few years.