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Your Move Joe Sakic

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Anybody who watched the fireworks in Tampa Bay’s 4-3 overtime victory against Colorado Monday night at the Pepsi Center could see the Avs don’t have a goaltender who can carry them to a championship. While Philipp Grubauer (currently injured) and Pavel Francouz are competent pros, either man would rank closer to the bottom than the top in a ranking of netminders in this year’s postseason field.

And this is gonna hurt:  Mikko Rantanen will be out for multiple weeks after taking a nasty fall into the boards during the second period, with what appeared to be a serious injury to his collarbone or shoulder.

The pressure is now on Sakic to make a deal that can keep the Avs in contention for a top playoff seed in the highly competitive Western Conference.

With seats in the arena reserved for scouts from Montreal, Los Angeles and Detroit, all teams that figure to be sellers at the deadline, I dreamed of the Avs adding a goaltender. But with a salary cap hit in excess of $10 million from now until the middle of this decade, 32-year-old Canadiens goalie Carey Price falls well beyond a reasonable price range for Sakic or any other general manager of a contending team.

So if Henrik Lundqvist isn’t walking through those doors in the Avalanche dressing room any time soon, it appears Colorado will have to run and gun its way through the playoff bracket.


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NHLJeff's avatar

I think the Avs could definitely use an experienced backup/1B at the deadline, but if Grubauer is healthy, he can surely lead them through the playoffs. He’s been fantastic.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 02/18/20 at 09:39 AM ET


Francouz numbers have also generally been great.

Who knows how he or anyone untested in the NHL playoff crucible
would do, but it’s not like they’ve had a Toronto-esque situation where
their backup is clearly subpar.

Posted by lefty.30 on 02/18/20 at 10:51 AM ET


It’s a strange thing as a Detroit fan to dislike Tampa much more than Colorado these days. Same with Calgary and Colorado. It’ll never become rooting for the Avs, but them beating a number of teams is currently preferable.

Posted by lefty.30 on 02/18/20 at 10:54 AM ET


It’s a strange thing as a Detroit fan to dislike Tampa much more than Colorado these days.

Always had my respect as a skilled opponent, C.Lemieuxs and Footes notwithstanding. Definitely with you on the Flames. Currently reserving my most of my ire for the Sens and Bs.

Posted by Unhealthy Scratch on 02/18/20 at 11:01 AM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

Lefty, I agree on Francouz. He’s been solid. I just don’t trust him to carry the load if Grubauer goes down in the playoffs.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 02/18/20 at 11:46 AM ET


It’s hard to really dislike Joe Sakic and I admire the work
he’s done building the team. Some very sharp trades, picks,
and complimentary signings. It’s easy to forget how low the point total was not too long ago and Duchene I guess wanting out, etc. It looked like a potentially protracted mess where the prime of guys like MacKinnon and Landeskog might be wasted and morale would be in the gutter. Now, it looks like with better health and a key addition or two the window to contend could be open for quite a while.

Posted by lefty.30 on 02/18/20 at 12:03 PM ET

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