SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks took a calculated risk Monday and placed little-used backup goalie Dimitri Patzold on waivers.
If no team claims him, Patzold will report to San Jose's minor-league affiliate in Worcester, Mass. But he could go to another NHL franchise without any compensation for the Sharks.
"We hope not," Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson said, noting that Patzold needs to play more in this stage of his development than he has as Evgeni Nabokov's backup. "We believe in our goaltenders, and we believe they don't improve by not playing."
When Patzold was sent to Worcester in late November on a conditioning assignment, he didn't have to clear waivers. That was no longer an option under NHL rules.
Patzold, 24, has played only 44 minutes in three mop-up assignments, giving up four goals. Nabokov is the only NHL goalie to start every game this season.
Wilson noted that Patzold's agent was part of the discussion leading up to the decision to place the goalie on waivers.
NHL teams have until 9 a.m. today to claim Patzold.
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