In a move that was not foreseen by anyone in the hockey world, Colorado Avalanche pick up a goalie. But so far it did not come from free agency but through a trade.
In a press release from the Colorado Avalanche, the Avs have sent the 2012 first round draft pick to the Washington Capitals for backup goaltender Semyon Varlamov.
Many hockey analysts throughout the country who are following the free agency market as well as myself, saw the Avs having a good shot at getting the prized goaltender of the market Tomas Vokoun. Vokoun was perfect for them, though a little on the pricey side, he would have surely helped with his leadership as well as skill in between the pipes.
Varlamov on the other hand has been shaky at times and was the backup in Washington. He even saw a few games in the AHL for the Hershey Bears last season. He records a decent save percentage and his goals against average his just under 3. But his weakness is down low. He lets in a lot of soft goals and can be beaten five hole.
Lets hope the Avs goalie coach can work on his skill a little more, right now I do not see him as a starting goalie but Avs thought differently. Tough to see what will become of him right now but lets hope he can help the Avs out, between the pipes.
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