Magnus Hellberg received his shot with the Detroit Red Wings late last season, although it wasn’t a fair opportunity to show what he could do.
The Swedish-born former Kontinental Hockey League goalie had some practices and played one game. He won that game 5-3 over the New Jersey Devils. But in the offseason, the Red Wings signed Finnish netminder Jussi Olkinuora, another former KHL goalie.
Hellberg still wanted an NHL deal and he got it with the Seattle Kraken. They liked him and wanted to park him at their American Hockey League affiliate. But the Ottawa Senators, with Cam Talbot on the injured list, claimed him.
He won his only start with the Senators. With Talbot coming back, the Senators tried to send him to the minors. But the Kraken reclaimed Hellberg.
With No. 1 goalie Phillip Grubauer out week-to-week with an injury, the Kraken wanted depth beyond Martin Jones and Joey Daccord.
Hellberg, 31, didn’t play a game for the Kraken before he was waived. But the traveling man goalie is 3-0 in his travelogue-style NHL career. The former Nashville Predators draft pick played one game for them without a decision. But he is 3-0 in the NHL with one win each for the New York Rangers, Red Wings and Senators.
If he plays a game for Seattle, he will have games with five different teams.
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