Colorado Avalanche: Plan for Getting Nathan MacKinnon a Stanley Cup

ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 15: Nathan MacKinnon
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Avs Solve their Goalie Problem

The Colorado Avalanche have a goalie problem that’s verging on a goalie crisis. At the time of writing, the Avs only have two goalies signed — Semyon Varlamov and Pavel Francouz. Neither is the goalie to backstop Colorado to Stanley Cup victory.

No one currently in the system, even unsigned players like Spencer Martin are likely to be the goalie to backstop Colorado to Stanley Cup victory. Jury’s still out on Adam Werner and Petr Kvaca, both of whom the Avalanche have drafted but not yet signed.

As I noted here, Colorado is also considering offering Jonathan Bernier a contract. He’s not the answer either, though.

We’ve got to find the heirs apparent to the likes of Marc-Andre Fleury, Braden Holtby, Carey Price, Henrik Lundqvist, and Jonathan Quick. And we’ve got to find a way to get one of them onto the Colorado Avalanche. Really, the Avs have never played the style of hockey that can bail out an average goalie — they need one who stands on his head.

What the team needs to do is discover a Patrick Roy in the draft or languishing in some other team’s goalie depth pool.

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The Stanley Cup fever surrounding the Washington Capitals has started to die down. However, it creates in me what it should create in you — a desire to see the Avs bring the best sports trophy back to Colorado. I think we have some of the pieces in place — hopefully the powers that be get more pieces to make this fantasy a reality.