The Florida Panthers and Colorado Avalanche have made a minor trade on the eve of the draft. The Panthers sent forward Rocco Grimaldi to Colorado for goaltender Reto Berra. Berra will compete for the backup job in Florida behind Luongo while Grimaldi will either see time in San Antonio or on a bottom line with the Avs. This looks like a bit of a cap saving move for the Avalanche and will comfirm that Calvin Pickard will split time with Semyon Varlamov this season.
Grimaldi, 23, split time last season with the Portland Pirates and the Panthers last season. The former second round pick back in 2011 put up 16 goals and 17 assists in 52 games with Portland last season. He also scored 3 goals and added 2 assists in 20 games with Panthers in 2015-16. The 5’6 american born center has only played in 27 career NHL games putting up 4 goals and 2 assists during that period.
Berra, 29, also split time between the AHL and NHL last season. The swiss goaltender also battled injuries last year. He played in 14 games for the Avalanche last season where he went 5-8-0 with a .922 save percentage and 2.41 goals against average before being injured and losing the backup job to youngster Calvin Pickard. With the San Antonio Rampage he put together a 7-7 record with a .901 save percentage and 3.39 goals against average to go with 1 shutout.