4 Colorado Avalanche Players Who Might be Traded

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Nov 14, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Colorado Avalanche goalie Reto Berra (20) before the game against Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports /

Reto Berra, Goalie

When the Colorado Avalanche first acquired goalie Reto Berra from the Calgary Flames, he was a hot mess. The goalie had almost no technique, and he seemed the odd man out on a team that already employed Semyon Varlamov and J.S. Giguere.

Berra continued to struggle last season until he finally found his mojo. He was solid toward the end of the year. Even so, coach Roy openly stated Berra had to win his backup job from Calvin Pickard.

Berra did, and he was good this year until a freak soccer accident took him out of commission. Nonetheless, Berra managed to put up good numbers even when the team was struggling. His goals against average (2.41) and save percentage (.922) are both team best. He’s also recorded two shutouts this season alone.

That said, Berra still seems like the odd man out for the Colorado Avalanche goal tending situation. Calvin Pickard isn’t throwing up quite as good of numbers yet, but his upside is much greater than Berra’s. Not only do most Avalanche fans see him as Semyon Varlamov’s backup, we see him as his eventual successor in the #1 spot.

Best of all, thanks to the magic of goal tending coach Francois Allaire, Reto Berra now has some solid technique to go with his athleticism. A team with a goal tending crisis might be willing to cough up something decent for Berra.

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