The Ottawa Senators announced Thursday that goaltender Martin Gerber has been send down to the AHL's Binghamton Senators on a two-week conditioning assignment.
With the team on a two game winning streak with rookie Brian Elliot in net, the veteran Gerber has become a spare part.
Gerber, 34, has a 4-9-1 record with a 2.86 goals-against average and .899 save-percentage in 14 games this season. He was a healthy scratch in Ottawa's 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday and Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Thrashers in Atlanta.
He last saw action in a 6-4 loss to the Bruins in Boston on Jan. 8.
"The plan is to get him playing again," Senators' general manager Bryan Murray stated on a conference call. "He felt that he would like to do this, to go down, take the voluntary assignment and play. In the meantime, I will continue to investigate if there's outside interest for him."
The move means that Gerber could be traded, waived or sent to the minors on a permanent basis. Murray also stated that a possible loan to a European franchise was being investigated as well. It also means that Elliot is likely to stay with the Sens for the remainder of the season.
"As long as Martin Gerber is in the minors, (Elliott) is here to stay and talking to Craig Hartsburg today, I'm hoping that that's a fact," Murray said.
"(Gerber) is a man. He understands the business. He understands that when you play well, people like you and when you don't play, well, they don't like you."
In 100 games with Ottawa, Gerber is 49-36-8 with a.907 save-percentage and a 2.76 goals-against average. In 214 career NHL games, he has a 104-73-7-14 record with a .910 save-percentage and 2.61 goals-against average. He is still owed $1.67 million of the three-year, $11.1-million deal he signed in 2006.