October 16, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Colorado Avalanche goalie Reto Berra (20) blocks a shot against the Anaheim Ducks during the second period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
7. Reto Berra Is Good Enough!
Semyon Varlamov didn’t have a good start into the season. The Russian currently sits at a save percentage of .841 and a goals-against average of 5.06. Ouch. Nobody in Avs Nation really seems to think that Reto Berra is a good replacement, but the Swiss goalie did his best to prove all the haters wrong.
Against the Ducks, Berra recorded his first shutout of the season and the second of his career. His positioning was consistently perfect through 60 minutes in Anaheim and he got his reward. Will he start Sunday against the LA Kings? That’s up to coach Roy, but Berra has definitely made a case for himself.
It’s nice to see that you can at least occasionally rely on Berra as the backup. He may not be an adequate replacement for Varlamov in case he continues to struggle, but he is at least good enough to be an NHL backup. Here at Mile High Sticking, we’ve always believed in Berra and gained quite a bit of criticism for that. Reading through comments on any one of our Berra articles, it’s mostly disagreement and negatives. Personally, I’m just glad that that may change now.
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