Martin Gerber Handed Walking Papers

Roy SteevesContributor IJanuary 23, 2009

Thursday afternoon the Ottawa Senators placed veteran netminder Martin Gerber on waivers, almost certainly ending his career in the nation’s capital.

Gerber was named the Senators' starter out of training camp this season, however after a dismal start he began to ride the “pine pony” in order to make room for back-up Alex Auld.

Gerber is having a horrendous season with only 14 games played with only four wins and a .899 save percentage.  If Gerber clears waivers, look for him to go play in Europe due to his large cap hit.

Alud has been given the No. 1 job due to the poor play of Gerber.  Auld is not playing that much better than Gerber, going 9-and-11 with a .907 save percentage going into the All Star break.

The real bright side of this ordeal has been rookie goaltender Brian Elliot. Since being called up to the big club Elliot has gone 3-and-1 and owns a .924 save percentage.  With the Senators' struggles this season, look for this rookie to be the new No. 1 starter in Ottawa.

Senators assistant general manager Tim Murray had this to say about Elliot: "He's part of the (NHL) team now, and he's no longer an American League hockey player as of now."