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Colorado Avalanche get Devan Dubnyk



Devan Dubnyk
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“Doooooooooooob.” That will soon be heard at Ball Arena, just like “Groooooooob.” Yes, Devan Dubnyk, the guy you always loved to hate, is now a member of the Colorado Avalanche.

The Avs just acquired the 34-year-old veteran from San Jose for Greg Pateryn and a 5th round pick in this year’s draft. The Avs now have their more veteran backup goaltender for the stretch run and the playoffs.

Dubnyk has a 3-9-2 record, 3.18 goals-against average and a .898 save percentage with the Sharks this season. No, those numbers don’t look good.

But on this team, I think they’ll improve. Avs fans have never liked this guy, but the fact is he’s capable of getting red hot sometimes. He’s huge, still has a passion for the game and is a real competitor. Yeah, he’s been known to argue a call or two as well.

As I’ve said all along, you don’t need to be a world beater to win with this team in front of you. You just have to be competent, and you’re likely to win the hockey game.

Dubnyk is on an expiring contract and the Avs still have $4.4 million in LTIR cap space, per Puckpedia, and I expect another move or two. Joe Sakic is going for it, folks.

He has skated in 537 NHL games over a 12-year career with the  Edmonton Oilers, Nashville Predators, Arizona Coyotes, Minnesota Wild and San Jose, recording a 250-204-54 career record with a 2.60 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and 33 shutouts. The 6-foot-6, 224-pound netminder has an 8-18 record, 2.72 goals-against average and .904 save percentage in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, all with Minnesota, and is the Wild’s all-time leader in playoff games played (26), wins (8) and shutouts (2).

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During his six seasons with Minnesota (2014-20), Dubnyk led the NHL in games played (328), was second in wins (177), third in goals-against average (2.41), tied for fifth in shutouts (23) and tied for sixth in save percentage (.918). He was one of four goaltenders in the NHL to win at least 25 games in their first five seasons with a franchise, and he earned at least 31 wins in each campaign from 2015-16 through 2018-19, including a career-best 40 wins during the 2016-17 season.

In 2014-15, a year he began with Arizona before getting traded to the Wild, Dubnyk finished third in voting for the Vezina Trophy after posting a 36-14-4 record, .929 save percentage and a 2.07 goals-against average with six shutouts. He was the recipient of the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey, finished fourth in voting for the Hart Trophy and was named to the NHL Second All-Star Team.

Selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round (14th overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft, Dubnyk has been selected to three NHL All-Star Games (2016, 2017, 2019) and is one of two netminders from the 2004 draft class to play in 500 career games (Pekka Rinne is the other). Since entering the league in 2009, Dubnyk ranks sixth in games played (537), is tied for 10th in wins (250) and ranks ninth in saves (14,070).

Dubnyk appeared in 140 career American Hockey League contests with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Springfield and Hamilton, recording a 3.03 goals-against average, .906 save percentage and 44-81-4 record with three shutouts. He played for the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League and finished his junior hockey career with a 83-87-14 record, 2.69 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in 192 appearances.

Internationally, the Regina, Saskatchewan, native has represented his country in the IIHF World Championship four times (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), appearing in seven total games and recording a 1.28 goals-against average and .934 save percentage. In the 2013 tournament, Dubnyk went 4-0 with a 1.48 goals-against average and .913 save percentage. He was on Canada’s goal-medal team at the 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship, but did not appear in any games.


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Aaron Hinton

Love the move. Doob and Groob.


Dater – do you Sakic is now done dealing?

Matt Zmuda

In this article Dater says “ I expect another move or two. Joe Sakic is going for it, folks.”

Last edited 1 year ago by Matt Zmuda

Glad to have a more experienced backup goalie even if it is the hated Doobs. One win and we will love him….. Glad we didn’t sell the farm to get him, Patryn and a 5th, that is ok. we needed goalie depth.


Hate is a compliment. Another good move by Joe…


Is it me or do Sakic’s trades this season seem a tad bit erratic.
1) First we trade away Cole for Pateryn, who was 2) now traded again along with a pick to SJ for the loaner Dubnyk. 3) Then we acquire JoJo for a pick and 4) Nemeth for a pick. I see two extraneous trades in this list. I mean I get that we are kind a skipping on the 21 draft class, which is fine because we have a stocked farm system.


Well Cole didn’t really have a place in this team anymore. He was the 6/7 D. Also the trade freed up a mil in cap space. I always believed Joe picked up Jojo as insurance. Nemeth is more insurance on the backend and adds a bit of sandpaper. I’d rather have too much than too little going into what will hopefully be a long playoff run.


Yeah I know that Cole was seemingly out of a spot on this team, albeit our injury woes maybe proved that wrong. So I put that one down to bad timing. The trades for JoJo and Dubnyk… I think trading for one of them would have probably been sufficient. But I guess we really got burned in last year’s playoffs.


Called this one last month but Sakic got him for a whole lot less that I expected. Going to be REALLY hard seeing this guy in burgundy and blue instead of looking like a xmas tree, but I do believe he gives the Avs what they needed in the form of a solid #2.

@AD any idea when we’ll see him in action? Seems like he could play tomorrow and give Grubi another day’s rest but it might be better to let him practice with the team 1st.


At first I thought they flipped Nemeth but I went back and re-read and saw it was Pateryn. Whew!

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