Ramblings: Petersen to AHL, Hedman Worries, Demko Injured (Dec 2)

Ian Gooding

2022-12-02

Cal Petersen being placed on waivers wasn't something I had predicted before the season, even if he wasn't going to unseat Jonathan Quick as the Kings starter. Yet with an .888 SV% and negative GSAA (goals saved above average) dating back to the start of last season, it was becoming more and more apparent that Petersen hasn't been helping fantasy teams for over a season. Entering Thursday's play, Petersen and Quick's combined .879 SV% was the worst of any team's goaltenders in the NHL. Obviously a 9-8 pond hockey match doesn't help matters, but only five teams had allowed more goals per game than the Kings prior to Thursday.

Finding a reliable goalie isn't a worthwhile option when you already have nearly $11 million in cap space invested in goalies. Giving Petersen some time to clear his head in the AHL might be the best option for all involved, knowing that a team likely won't take his $5 million salary given his recent body of work. Petersen should be considered droppable in single-season formats at this point. Don't give him a look again until he can prove that he can string together some quality starts at the NHL level.

Maybe I'm giving more time to Petersen in particular because I specifically traded for him in my keeper league this offseason. The price was Tyler Bertuzzi, who has struggled with injuries this season and coincidentally was placed on injured reserve on Thursday. Sometimes trades work out for neither team (at least so far with this one). Anyway, goalies continue to be frustrating and hard to predict.  

Alex Formenton was not signed by 5 pm ET RFA deadline on Thursday, so he is ineligible to play this season. The offseason additions of Alex DeBrincat and Claude Giroux were likely going to push Formenton down the Senators lineup anyway. Neither Formenton nor any of his representatives has not addressed the gang rape that members of Canada's 2018 World Junior team are accused of taking part in, so it's possible that this incident is affecting Formenton's situation behind the scenes.

There's reason to be at least mildly concerned about Victor Hedman and his lack of production and power-pla