Nov. 20: Sandstrom has cleared waivers and can be assigned to AHL Lehigh Valley, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports.
Nov. 19: Now that goaltender Felix Sandstrom is healthy and eligible to return to the team off of the injured reserve, the Philadelphia Flyers announce they have put Sandstrom on waivers for the purpose of assignment to their AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
At the end of October, the Flyers had originally sent Sandstrom down to the AHL on a conditioning loan, giving him 14 days to work on his game with the Phantoms. Unfortunately, due to an upper-body injury, Philadelphia recalled Sandstrom from his loan on November 4th and subsequently placed him on the injured reserve.
After a disastrous season serving as a backup goaltender last year, Sandstrom suffered to the tune of a .880 SV% and a 3.72 GAA. Even the more in-depth numbers such as ’Goals Saved Above Average’ and his ’Adjusted Goals Against Average’ computed by Hockey Reference suggest Sandstrom was even worse than the more topical numbers he produced throughout the season.
Now, with Carter Hart taking the bulk of the starting minutes for the Flyers, Sandstrom has been replaced in the backup role by Samuel Ersson, who signed a two-year, $2.9MM extension with Philadelphia early in August. Now, assuming that he does clear waivers, Sandstrom will share the net with fellow netminder, Calvin Petersen, in Lehigh Valley.
At 26 years old, Sandstrom is still relatively young for a goaltender in the NHL, meaning some teams may take a chance on him to serve in a backup role. Although there are some organizations that could certainly make an improvement to their current goaltending situation, Sandstrom does not project as an objective improvement in many or all of those situations, meaning he will likely go unclaimed over the next day.