Ramblings: Avs Acquire Backup Goalie; Radulov, Hintz Perpetual GTDs; Shutouts from Driedger, Campbell, Khudobin (Mar 21)

Ian Gooding

2021-03-21

Early Saturday, the Sabres traded goalie Jonas Johansson to the Avalanche for a sixth-round pick. Honestly, when cartoon Elliotte Friedman tweeted out the trade with the last name only, I thought Marcus Johansson at first (yes, I do realize he's with the Wild now, I just hadn't finished my coffee yet). Then I realized the Sabres were trading a goalie, which I'm not sure why they are doing. Because Linus Ullmark is injured, it's Carter Hutton and emergency callup Dustin Tokarski between the pipes for the Sabres.

The Avalanche definitely need a backup goalie, as we've heard nothing about a potential Pavel Francouz from injury and Hunter Miska (5 GP, 1-1-2, 4.16 GAA, .838 SV%) doesn't seem like he can handle backup duties. Johansson isn't much better at 0-5-1 with an .884 SV% and 3.79 GAA, but at least his value improves just by moving to a team that is literally at the opposite end of the scale from Buffalo. If Jared Bednar is more confident in his backup, then that should mean a little more rest for Philipp Grubauer.  

Meanwhile, the Avalanche's start to the season may not have been as dominant as was projected, but at the season midpoint they are rolling. Philipp Grubauer stopped all 31 shots he faced to pick up his sixth consecutive win, and fifth quality start over those six wins. He's also picked up two shutouts over that span to give him a league-leading five shutouts. Oh, and he added an assist for good measure. It might have a lot to do with the team, but Grubauer has established himself as a top-tier fantasy goalie.

The Avs' top line had their way with the Wild. Gabriel Landeskog scored a goal and added two assists, while Nathan MacKinnon picked up three assists. Both Landeskog and MacKinnon have posted six