Insider: Another Cup Contender Enters Trade Market In Search of Goaltender

Most of the season, teams like the Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, Edmonton Oilers, and Toronto Maple Leafs have been those most often mentioned in the rumor mill when it comes to trading for a goalie. But according to NHL Insider Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff, a new contender can be added to the ranks of potential buyers between the pipes. In fact, he guarantees it.

In Colorado, Avalanche starter Alexandar Georgiev has been a busy man in the crease this season, to say the least. He’s started a league-leading 37 games with an NHL-best 24 wins, while posting solid marks of a 2.92 goals against average and an .896 save percentage. He’s on pace for an insane 68 games this year, which would blow away his career high of last season when he started 62 games for the Avs. 

Backup Ivan Prosvetov has already started eight games, one more than his career high set last year. It's pretty clear, as noted by Seravalli, the Avalanche need to find themselves a true 1B in net.

Georgiev has played way too much this year. (Avs GM) Chris McFarlane…says this is way too much for our goalie to be playing—on track for 68 starts. Check it out—they’re gonna be a team that acquires a goalie.

Of course, the usual suspects will be considered, like Jake Allen, Josh Gibson, Petr Mrazek, even Jacob Markstrom's name has now been entered into the fray. 

And, the latest possibility, and probably the best fit for the Avs, opines Seravalli, is a former multi-time Stanley Cup champion netminder

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