The Detroit Red Wings claimed goaltender Magnus Hellberg on waivers from the Seattle Kraken, leaving Detroit fans wondering if another move or injury announcement is coming.
The Red Wings have Ville Husso and Alex Nedeljkovic are in Detroit, Victor Brattstrom and Jussi Olkinuora in Grand Rapids and Sebastian Cossa in Toledo. Each of them has been playing, and no injury was announced today.
Former Kontinental Hockey League goalie Hellberg was signed by the Red Wings late last season. He played one game with the Red Wings and beat the New Jersey Devils, 5-3. He made 20 saves. After the Red Wings signed Finnish goalie Olkinuora, Hellberg signed with Kraken.
UPDATE: The Detroit #RedWings today claimed goaltender Magnus Hellberg off waivers from the Seattle Kraken.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) November 23, 2022
Earlier this month, the Kraken waived Hellberg to send him to the minors. The Ottawa Senators claimed. But when the Senators put him on waivers to send him to the American Hockey League, the Kraken reclaimed him.
Monday, the Kraken tried again to send him to the minors and the Red Wings claimed.
The 6-foot-6 Hellberg should just keep his bags packed in Detroit. He has played with five different NHL teams and has only played six NHL games. He played one game this season for the Ottawa Senators and won it. That makes him 3-0 in his career with a 2.60 goals-against average and .891 save percentage.
Hellberg was originally drafted by the Nashville Predators in the second round in 2011. He played one game for Nashville. He played three for the New York Rangers over 2015-16 and 2016-17.
Last spring, Hellberg drew the attention of NHL scouts by playing well for Sweden at the World Championships. He finished with a 1.47 GAA and .931 save percentage