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Avalanche acquire goalie Alexandar Georgiev from Rangers

Apr 29, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) skates during a break in the action against the Washington Capitals during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Avalanche acquired goaltender Alexandar Georgiev from the New York Rangers on Thursday in exchange for third- and fifth-round picks in the 2022 NHL Draft and a fifth-round selection in the 2023 NHL Draft.

The trade could potentially signal the end of Darcy Kuemper’s stay in Colorado. The pending unrestricted free agent goaltender is a few days removed from helping the Avalanche capture the Stanley Cup title.

Georgiev, 26, posted a 15-10-2 record with two shutouts, a 2.92 goals-against average and .898 save percentage in 33 games (28 starts) this past season. He is a restricted free agent after playing under a two-year, $4.85 million contract.

Signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent on July 19, 2017, Georgiev owns a 58-48-11 record with eight shutouts, a 2.94 GAA and .908 save percentage in 129 career games.

Kuemper, 32, enjoyed a career season during his first season with the Avalanche in 2021-22. He posted a 37-12-4 record with five shutouts, a 2.54 goals-against average and .921 save percentage.

He is coming off a two-year, $9 million contract signed with the Arizona Coyotes in 2019.

–Field Level Media