3 destinations where Varlamov could land if he was traded

Cal Makar

Is there a chance of a meeting between Varlamov and the avalanche? Ironically, both teams that appeared in the Western Conference final may be interested in Varlamov this summer. Avalanche GM Joe Sakic has also reached out to Lamoriello regarding Varlamov’s services on the February trade deadline. No official bid was made, but interest was there.

Darcy Kuemper has had an excellent season, however, and is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. There is reason to believe Kuemper could return but Sakic is known to be a tough negotiator and usually comes out of negotiations as the winner. Kuemper’s injury-prone resume could prevent him from receiving the required term and dollars, and if he stood firm on what he wanted, Sakic wouldn’t be afraid to walk off the table and chase another goalkeeper.

Pavel Francos has two more seasons on his contract at $2 million per season. He’s a good goalkeeper but he’s more of a backup than 1B’s. Sakic will need a key player to flex him in order for the avalanche to continue its dominance in the season and in the playoffs. It’s entirely possible that they will claim everything this season and there’s no reason to believe that will satisfy an avalanche who will be looking to take a page out of the Tampa Bay Lightnings book and assert their dominance season after season. Varlamov could be the perfect avalanche stopping point as a fitting start for them before his contract expires next summer. There is little reason to believe that he would not give up playing for the sake of Jared Bednar’s well-trained coaches.

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