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A Backup Goalie Needed In Denver

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche enters the most strenuous part of its condensed schedule somewhat thin at the position. Colorado completes this month with consecutive games Friday and Saturday at the Arizona Coyotes, then plays 17 games in 31 days of March.

Goalie Philipp Grubauer, who is among the NHL leaders in wins (nine), goals-against average (1.78) and save percentage (.932), could conceivably play every game if he remains healthy. But the Avs surely won’t allow that to happen. Taxing Grubauer at this time of the regular season is simply not an option, and it appears backup Pavel Francouz will remain on long-term injury reserve (LTIR) for the foreseeable future — if not the entire season.

“Francouz .. he’s out indefinitely. It’s going to be long-term,” Avs coach Jared Bednar told me.

Francouz, who has not played this season, has put a giant crack in the Avs’ armor. Every hockey team needs two capable goalies — particularly this year in the NHL — and Colorado isn’t deep and highly unproven behind its top two.

So what are the Avs’ options? If they don’t trade for an experienced goalie, they have no proven option.

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Yzerman, please contact Joe Sakic. Bernier’s trade value should be pretty high right now.

Posted by evileye on 02/24/21 at 11:43 AM ET

The Meal's avatar

Don’t get fleeced, don’t get fleeced, don’t get fleeced.

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 02/24/21 at 01:04 PM ET


No one on this Colorado team I can think of
whom I really dislike.

The feet on their jerseys when they appear are still
pretty dumb.

Funny how things come full circle with these two
respected captains now such highly-regarded GMs.

I wouldn’t mind seeing Bernier win a Cup there so much.
Colorado’s window will be open a while but luck plays such
a role and sooner or later they need to make good. Their goaltending
depth or lack thereof was exposed in the playoffs last year.
Even if healthy is Francouz a reliable playoff backup?

Colorado should have some really promising prospects to spare.
If a pick isn’t really high, it wouldn’t hurt to have a legit prospect
who’s closer instead.

Posted by lefty.30 on 02/24/21 at 04:39 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

I always liked Joe Sakic as a player. Loved it when the AV’s and Red Wings were allowed to play and duke it out. Now flash back on how much Bettman protects teams like Chicago and Pittsburgh helping any way he can. Disgusting. angry

Posted by bigfrog on 02/25/21 at 12:21 AM ET

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