Avalanche Rumors: 3 Goalies Who Could Be Traded to Colorado

The Colorado Avalanche are sniffing through the goalie market according to Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff and there's certainly a growing chance that they could make a trade sometime before the start of the 2023-24 season.

Backup netminder Pavel Francouz has apparently not recovered as expected from his adductor injury and now Avs general manager Chris MacFarland could pull off a minor trade to bring in some more depth for the crease in Colorado. Three potential trade targets include:

Casey DeSmith, Montreal Canadiens

When the Canadiens got involved in the Erik Karlsson blockbuster with the Sharks and Penguins it was a bit of a shock and then when they acquired goaltender Casey DeSmith and crowded their crease, it didn't make much sense. Jake Allen and Samuel Montembeault are considered locks in Montreal and now DeSmith is likely being dangled in trades. Seems like Colorado could have some interest. While he's not good enough to start, DeSmith put up some decent stretches for the Penguins and could get the job done for the Avs in a fill in capacity.

Martin Jones, Toronto Maple Leafs

When Jones signed in Toronto late this summer it turned some heads because everyone feels Joseph Woll is ready for a bigger role in 2023-24. Regardless, it's only a one year deal at just over $800,000 and now the Leafs may have a carrot to dangle for the Avs. Jones won 27 games last season and could be a nice piece in Colorado.

Eric Comrie, Buffalo Sabres

Depends how Devon Levi looks, but the Sabres are extremely high on him to be the goaltender of the future and potentially the goaltender of the now. Comrie is in the final season of his contract and admittedly, his $1.8 million salary may be too rich for the Avs to take on. Colorado could have interest in Comrie if Francouz is going to miss significant time this season.

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