Jaeger recalled to the AHL
Will back up Wade Dubielewicz in Houston
Word is out today that Houston Aeros goalie Anton Khudobin got the nod (over veteran Wade Dubielewicz) to back up Niklas Backstrom for the Minnesota Wild (3-8-0, fifth in the Northwest Division), as Wild goalie Josh Harding is potentially out with what the team is calling “lower body soreness”.
According to Heather Galindo at The Third Intermission blog, Brett Jaeger, who attended the Aeros pre-season camp, has been called up from the Brahmas to fill in for Khudobin. Jaeger will sign a PTO and could be out for an extended period of time. Jaeger left for Houston last night. The Aeros (5-4-0-0) host the Hamilton Bulldogs (6-0-1-1) tonight at the Toyota Center at 7:05pm.
The news was confirmed by the Brahmas organization late this morning with comments from head coach Dan Wildfong.
"Brett has been a valuable asset to us and I believe he will do great in Houston. This is an incredible opportunity for him to showcase his talents at a higher level," Wildfong said.
The Aeros are headed for Michigan for a two game series against the Grand Rapid Griffins on Thursday and Friday.
Rookie goaltender Joe Palmer is expected to get the start in Friday night’s game against the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs. Palmer, 21, has played for 71:56 and has a 1.67 GAA and a .947 save percentage. His first regular season game ended in an 3-2 overtime loss (shootout) against the Mississippi RiverKings last Friday night. He stopped 3 of 3 shots faced in relief for Jaeger on Saturday night. Palmer’s first win as a Brahma came during the first pre-season game against the Allen Americans on stopping 23 of 26 shots faced in the 4-3 win.
Obviously, for the interim, the Brahmas will be looking for a backup for Palmer.
I'm sure there will be more info forthcoming.
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