Colorado Avalanche Could Solve Goalie Woes with a Trade

SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 6: Fellow Goaltenders Philipp Grubauer #31 and Semyon Varlamov #1 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrate their 5-2 win over the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on December 6, 2018 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)
SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 6: Fellow Goaltenders Philipp Grubauer #31 and Semyon Varlamov #1 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrate their 5-2 win over the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on December 6, 2018 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – MARCH 07: Carolina Hurricanes Goalie Eddie Lack (31) watches puck sail past the goal during the Carolina Hurricanes and Colorado Avalanche NHL game on March 7, 2017, at Pepsi Center in Denver, CO. (Photo by John Crouch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

The Colorado Avalanche need to solve their goal tending woes if they want to salvage the season. That may require a trade.

The Colorado Avalanche need goal tending help. The team relies so much on their goalies to bail them out, and that hasn’t been happening lately.

What’s worse, goal tending has been costing the Avs games. Granted, they haven’t been getting enough scoring, but both goalies are under .900 in save percentage. That kind of net minding isn’t going to help the Avalanche make the playoffs, much less make much of a run.

To be honest, I don’t think we’re going to get any goalie help — I think the current administration and coaching staff is going to continue to do what they’re doing with the admonition to Semyon Varlamov and Philipp Grubauer to “Do better.”

It’s no fun to think that way, though. So, even if we are going to see our season go up in goal tending flames, let’s look at some trades that, if GM Joe Sakic chose to try, might actually solve or alleviate our goalie woes.

For this purpose, I’m only looking at teams who are unlikely to make the playoffs. The main trade I’d suggest is either Varlamov or Grubauer — maybe a late-round pick to sweeten the pot, if necessary.