gerber-martin-081228

Goalie Martin Gerber has been plagued by inconsistency with the Ottawa Senators. ((Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press))

The Ottawa Senators have placed veteran goaltender Martin Gerber on waivers.

Gerber was sent down to the American Hockey League two weeks ago after rookie Brian Elliott emerged for the Senators.

Gerber is 4-9-1 with a 2.86 goals-against average and one shutout in 14 games this season with Ottawa, continuing his roller-coaster ride with the club over the past 2½ years.

The Swiss goalie was signed to a lucrative free-agent deal in the summer of 2006 to be the starter, but he started slowly in his first season with the Senators. Although he finished the regular season 9-0-2, he was by then in a backup role to Ray Emery, who helped the club reach the Stanley Cup final.

Gerber recaptured the No. 1 job in the 2007-08 season, in no small part due to injuries and discipline issues with Emery, who was jettisoned at the end of the campaign. Gerber played 57 games, achieving a .910 save percentage and 2.72 average

He has 10 shutouts and a 2.61 average in 214 games in his NHL career, which began with Anaheim and included one season with Carolina.

Gerber has played three games with the Binghamton Senators since being sent down, recording a shutout on Wednesday.

The netminder's salary this season was $3.7 million US. Another NHL team can put in a claim for his services at half that salary.