Colorado Avalanche's Best Trade Of The Past Year

The Colorado Avalanche haven't been the busiest team over the past year as their team was set for the most past. That being said, they made a key trade last summer to acquire their starter and Vezina Trophy contender this season, Alexandar Georgiev.

The young goalie was itching to get an opportunity elsewhere this season after being stuck behind Igor Shesterkin with no room to grow in New York. The Rangers recognized this and made a deal with the Avalanche to send Georgiev's signing rights over in July for two third round picks and a fifth rounder.

To that point, Georgiev had started 117 NHL games over five seasons and was coming off his worst one yet. This was a risky deal for the Avalanche, but they made a choice not to bring back the goalie they won the Stanley Cup with to saved money and get younger. Georgiev had a .898 save percentage and -7.6 goals save above average last season, but has burst into a starting role 56 starts, 35 wins, a .918 SV%, five shutouts, and 24.6 GSAA.

Goalies of this calibre, especially ones that are only 27 years old, aren't easy to come by and should normally cost much more than a few mid-round picks. Who's to say that any goalie could have come in and done as well as Georgiev with how banged up the team has been in front of him.

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