Decision made on Gerber

The Sens have tried to deal Martin Gerber, but have not been able to find a taker. (Sun...

The Sens have tried to deal Martin Gerber, but have not been able to find a taker. (Sun Media/Darren Brown)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:08 PM ET

The Senators did as expected today, placing veteran NHL goalie Martin Gerber on waivers.

Gerber has spent the last couple of weeks on a conditioning stint with the club's AHL affiliate in Binghamton. IF no NHL club picks up Gerber -- for half of his $3.7-million salary -- for the rest of the season, he will clear waivers on Friday at noon. At this point, it's unlikely there will be any takers.

The Senators have tried to deal Gerber, but have not been able to find a taker. There is a belief a club in Europe -- possibly in Sweden or Germany -- might show interest, but Gerber has to clear NHL waivers first. Once that happens, they can reassign Gerber to Binghamton or release him while paying out his contract for the rest of the season.

The most likely scenario is that he remains in Binghamton, unless he can get a bite from a European club.

This season with the Senators, Gerber played in 14 games, compiling a 4-9-1-1 record with an .899 save percentage and 2.86 goals-against average. He had the team's only shutout.

Gerber made 32 saves in a 3-0 victory over John Paddock's Philadelphia Phantom Wednesday in Binghamton. Afterwards, assistant GM Tim Murray told the Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin that a decision will be made soon on Gerber's future with the organization.

Gerber got squeezed out of the NHL by his own inconsistent play when the Senators recalled rookie Brian Elliott from Binghamton. Elliott has quickly earned himself the starting job, with Alex Auld as the backup.


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