Hockey

Assessing the Colorado Net Situation

Darcy Kuemper
Goaltender Darcy Kuemper #35 of the Arizona Coyotes in action during the third period of the NHL game against the Anaheim Ducks at Gila River Arena on November 27, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Ducks 4-3 in an overtime shootout. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Colorado Avalanche now have an intriguing goalie situation on their hands. Somehow, the Avs and Philipp Grubauer could not come to terms for an extension, so he is off to Seattle. The Colorado Avalanche swung a trade for Darcy Kuemper from the Arizona Coyotes, which was an unexpected move that now leaves Arizona without a goaltender. Kuemper is 31, two years older than Grubauer.

Other Goalies

The Avs traded for Devan Dubnyk mid season as a backup option. He is a free agent and he is also 35 years old. The only other goalies under contract are Pavel Francouz and Jonas Johnsson. Francouz was injured this season and Johnsson was signed to a one year extension. He is 25, and Francouz is 31. Kuemper was added to be the starter, so the question that remains is who will serve as the backup and who is heading to the taxi squad. The taxi squad is the equivalent of the practice squad in football.

More on Kuemper

Kuemper has been a top goalie statistically for the past three seasons. The concern is when the decline will start to begin. Granted, the Avalanche are a much better team than the Coyotes, so that could help him since he won’t be under as much pressure as he was in Arizona. It also helps when you have Nathan MacKinnon playing front of you.

Will Kuemper be the reason the Avs get over the hump? It’s hard to say exactly why the Avs have been bounced in the second round the last two years. Personally, I think the Avs are in the same situation as the Bruins where they don’t have enough depth scoring. Kuemper does not help with that, but the hope is that he will add some stability in net that Colorado didn’t have in 2020.

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