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Big mistake by the Avalanche in a trade with the Canadiens


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David St-Jean
April 22, 2024  (11:09)
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The Colorado Avalanche made a serious mistake by not completing a transaction with the Montreal Canadiens.

Indeed, sometimes the best or worst trades are the ones that are not made, and that's exactly the case here. At the trade deadline, Jake Allen's name was circulating a lot in Colorado, with Pierre LeBrun even confirming it.
The Avs decided to stick with their current personnel, even though their number one goaltender has been quite ordinary for several months.
Alexandar Georgiev is the reason why the Avalanche lost their first game, allowing 6 goals on 19 shots. The organization wanted a veteran goaltender, and they decided to pass up on the opportunity. Today, they are paying the price.
"We're going to need more saves to win." - Jared Bednar, Avalanche head coach

Imagine the scenario if Georgiev's subpar performances continue and the Avalanche lose in the first round. That would be simply unacceptable for the club.
The worst part is that the backup goaltender is named Arvid Holm, and he has only 4 games of experience in the ECHL. You read that right.
With Jake Allen in net, especially following his strong end to the season in New Jersey, the MacKinnon-led squad would have a much more solid goaltending duo.
"Can't help but wonder what this game would look like if Jake Allen were playing for the Avs instead of sitting in a TV studio in Toronto." - Arpon Basu, The Athletic

The Avalanche played well enough to win the game, but had to admit defeat due to a lack of saves from the goaltender.
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Big mistake by the Avalanche in a trade with the Canadiens

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