Newspaper: Goalie likely will play for MoDo

Updated: May 31, 2004, 10:03 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

DENVER -- Goaltender Tommy Salo, a veteran of 526 NHL games who finished this season as a backup with the Colorado Avalanche, apparently will return to his native Sweden.

Tommy Salo
Goaltender
Colorado Avalanche
Profile
2003-2004 SEASON STATISTICS
GM W L T SV% GAA
49 18 21 7 .897 2.56

The Denver Post reported Monday that Salo has decided to retire from the NHL and likely will play for MoDo of the Swedish Elite League next season.

Salo, who is 33, was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers at the March trading deadline and went 1-3-1 with the Avalanche. He appeared in one postseason game in relief of David Aebischer.

Salo had an option year on a $4 million contract for next season, a figure the Avalanche are likely to decline.

Salo began his NHL career with the New York Islanders in 1994-95 and later landed in Edmonton, where he was the No. 1 goalie for the Oilers for several seasons. His career record is 210-225-73 with a 2.55 goals-against average.

Salo's departure likely means Philippe Sauve will get another chance as the Avs' backup goalie, according to the Denver newspaper. Sauve and Peter Budaj, who started for the Hershey Bears this season, could fight for the job in training camp.

Information from SportsTicker was used in this report.