Rather than see what options might be available for him in free agency this coming week, goaltender Hunter Miska has decided to try his hand overseas as Straubing of the DEL announced that they’ve signed the pending unrestricted free agent. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The 27-year-old spent this past season in Colorado’s farm system although he was up with the Avalanche at various points in time between their taxi squad and the playoffs. Miska played in 17 games with AHL Colorado in 2021-22, posting a 3.04 GAA along with a save percentage of .889. He has six career NHL appearances under his belt over parts of three seasons with Arizona and Colorado.
Miska likely would have had offers to play in the AHL and likely serve as a fourth-string option for an NHL team with the possibility of being recalled when an injury arises to allow their younger goalie to continue playing in the minors. Instead, he’s opting for a bigger role in Germany and a good showing out there could keep his options open for a return to North America down the road.