31-Year-Old Defenseman – Free Agent
Brett Festerling Contract Information:
Signed a four-year contract with Hamburg of the German Ice Hockey League in July 2014.
The Jets activated Festerling (upper body) from injured reserve and sent him to AHL St. John's on Tuesday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
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Feterling has qualified for Group 3 Free Agency (age 27 or older or with at least seven accrued seasons) and is now considered an UFA. Think of the best of Group 3 free agents (Selanne or Jagr) as “lotto picks” and well worth a late round gamble. However, Feterling, who played in Germany last season, is more like last week’s discarded church bingo card.
Festerling will take his game overseas in 2012-2013, playing in Germany for the DEL’s Nurnberg’s Ice Tigers. He played five NHL games last year, but posted 18 points in 54 AHL games with St. John's.
Festerling started 2009-10 with San Antonio but was moved to Toronto in order to get more playing time. He was summoned to the Ducks on Dec. 2 to take the place of Brendan Mikkelson and stayed with the Ducks the remainder of the season. In 42 games, he scored three points with a plus-1 rating and had a TOI of 12:30. With Mikkelson, Cam Flower, Mark Mitera, and Danny Syvret as options on the blue line, Festerling has a lot to fight for in 2010-11. He does have good puck handling skills, and doesn't embarrass himself in his own end, but there are a lot of other guys that can edge him out.
Festerling played 40 games with Anaheim as a rookie, posting five assists and 18 penalty minutes. The Ducks have a lot of depth among their defensemen, so Festerling will be in a battle for the fifth or sixth spot on the Ducks blueline.
Festerling will open the season at Vancouver (WHL).
Festerling, who split the 2004-05 season between Tri-City and Vancouver of the Western Hockey League (WHL), could turn out to be a decent blueline prospect for the Ducks in the near future. While Festerling will probably not make the squad this year, it's only a matter of time before he gets a serious look.