For the second day in a row, the Colorado Avalanche added one other depth piece to their roster. The Avalanche acquired goalie Devan Dubnyk from the San Jose Sharks for defenceman Greg Pateryn and a 2021 fifth-round draft choose on Saturday. On Friday, they re-acquired Patrik Nemeth from the Detroit Pink Wings for a fourth-round choose. The defenceman performed with the membership from 2017-19, and buying and selling for him allowed Colorado to incorporate Pateryn within the commerce for Dubnyk.
Colorado provides much-needed depth in web, whereas the Sharks add a veteran defenceman. The 2 groups are trending in separate instructions, because the Avalanche are Stanley Cup favourites with the post-season nearing, whereas the Sharks are combating for the fourth seed within the West Division.
Avalanche Add Depth in Web
With Pavel Francouz out for the reason that begin of the season on account of a lower-body harm, Philipp Grubauer has been pressured to shoulder many of the staff’s load in web. He has began in 32 of the Avalanche’s 40 video games, posting a formidable 24-8-1 document, paired along with his .919 save proportion (SV%) and a pair of.00 goals-against common (GAA). Colorado’s issues stem from their backup goaltenders, with Hunter Miksa beginning in 5 video games and posting a 1-1-2 document together with a .838 SV% and a 4.16 GAA.
Colorado tried to treatment their backup goalie issues on March twenty first when common supervisor Joe Sakic traded for Jonas Johansson from the Buffalo Sabres. Johansson began three video games, posting a 2-0-1 document with a .920 SV% and a 2.13 GAA. Though the 25-year-old has carried out higher than Miksa, his inexperience is probably going a motive Sakic traded for Dubnyk.
Dubnyk Brings Veteran Expertise
Dubnyk brings beneficial playoff expertise in web and has performed in 26 video games within the postseason all through his profession. Though he has struggled along with his .898 SV% and three.16 GAA by means of 17 video games with the Sharks this season, he brings a veteran presence to Colorado.
“Devan introduced the component of consummate professionalism and sophistication to our dressing room in what has been an especially distinctive and difficult season. He match seamlessly inside our group and helped mentor lots of our youthful gamers. We thank him for his contributions to our membership on and off the ice this season and need him the very best in Colorado.”
Sharks common supervisor Doug Wilson stated about Dubnyk.
The 34-year-old will possible battle with Johannson to again up Grubauer all through the rest of the season. His greatest days as a starter are behind him as he has been on a gentle decline since his career-best 2014-15 season when he posted .929 SV% and a 2.07 GAA. Dubnyk is ready to change into a free agent this offseason, as his six-year, $26 million deal will expire.
Colorado is probably going not completed making trades because the staff is with out defenceman Erik Johnson, who’s on long-term injured reserve, together with Francouz. The Avalanche have $4.4 million in cap area to work with, and since they’re a Cup favorite, there’s a good probability they may use it so as to add extra assist for the postseason.
Sartaaj has been watching hockey for over 15 years and covers the Vancouver Canucks for The Hockey Writers.