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Pavel Francouz inks two-year extension

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Pavel Francouz

Pavel Francouz inked a fresh new contract extension with the Colorado Avalanche today after practice. The two-year, $4-million deal calls for the veteran goalie to make $2.25 million next season, $1.75 million the one after that. 

“It’s always a pleasure to sign a new deal, especially with an organization like this,” said Francouz “I’m really happy here, my family is happy here.”

Francouz has played in 14 games this season with a 10-3-1 record. He has a 2.46 goals against average and .920 save percentage. In 50 career NHL appearances. Francouz is 31-12-5 with a 2.42 goals-against and .923 save percentage. Francouz said contract talks began around the All-Star break. 

“I’m really happy we made it work,” said Francouz. 

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The news of the deal came after the team announced that captain Gabe Landeskog and Sam Girard would be out for an extended time. So it wasn’t all doom and gloom at practice. 

“It’s so much fun to play with this team, we’re winning a lot. We have a great coaching staff, I have a great relationship with Darcy,” said Francouz. “We sit next to each other in the locker room, we have plenty of time to talk.” 

The Avs take on the Calgary Flames tomorrow at Ball Arena and the starting goalie has yet to be announced. Tomorrow, previous Covid requirements to enter Ball Arena will be lifted.

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Eric

Now that we have a backup secured, all we need to do is to find our top goalie.

Matt Briggle

I had a feeling this would be the first one to get done. A solid start to next season making sure we at least have a quality 1B locked up. If I had to guess, I bet Nichushkin will be the next one to get done.

Richard Trujillo

You mean a quality 2.

Aaron Rud

I can only hope it’s Choo-choo.

Jeffrey Zucker

What has he done to earn this or show that he’s not going to be injured more often than not? Sure, his numbers have been good in his limited games, but I doubt many would have any faith if he had to take the net in the playoffs. I certainly don’t after his awful 2020 showing.

Last edited 3 months ago by Jeffrey Zucker

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