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Evan’s NHL Daily: Parise’s Plans, Avalanche Goalie Trade Chatter




The Colorado Avalanche got a decent performance out of Justus Annunen on Thursday night, but that likely won’t stop them from pursuing another goalie prior to the NHL Trade Deadline. Is Marc-Andre Fleury that guy? Apparently they’re one of the few teams he’d consider moving to…if he decides he wants to go anywhere. Or could it be Jake Allen? That was the hot rumor Thursday morning before some insiders debunked it.

On the ice, it was another tough loss, ending a brutal road trip for the Avalanche. Not a fun start to his Avalanche career for Zach Parise, who announced that this will be his last season in the NHL.

All that and more in this Friday edition of Evan’s Daily.

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On the ice, maybe the less said, the better. Another loss and the Avalanche fell to 1-4-1 on their long road trip.

Parise’s Last Year

Zach Parise hasn’t looked out of place, despite Colorado’s struggles since his signing, but he told that this will indeed be his last season in the NHL.

“Yeah, this is it,” he told Tom Gulitti. “This is it.”

Hopefully, for everyone’s sake, the Avalanche can turn things around quickly. I’m sure they will.

Fleury Would Consider Avalanche

We’ve made it clear here at CHN that we think Marc-Andre Fleury would make sense for the Avalanche to acquire prior to the NHL Trade Deadline.

And apparently the Avalanche are one of the few teams he’d consider moving to…assuming the Wild fall out of it.

The Wild have climbed back into it, sitting five points out of a playoff spot. They’ve still got to leapfrog a few teams, so it seems unlikely they get there, but if they fall out of it, Fleury would look at three teams.

Fleury holds all the power with a NMC, so he will get to pick where he wants to go.

Jake Allen Rumors

Some rumors circulated Thursday morning that the Avalanche were about to acquire Jake Allen from the Montreal Canadiens, but a few insiders shot those rumors down pretty quickly. However, their wording makes it seem like there’s always a chance it could happen, and it sure sounds like the two teams have examined the possibility of a deal.

A trade for Allen would require money to be moved around. Allen makes $3.85 million not just this season, but also next year. The Avalanche can’t just fit that in under the NHL Salary Cap, so Montreal would have to take back a contract to make it work.

Allen’s raw numbers aren’t great, but when I checked his underlying numbers a few weeks ago, they didn’t look bad. Since then, they’ve dropped off in a big way, so he must have had a few rough starts.

Either way, despite a strong performance from Annunen on Thursday, I think it’s clear the Avalanche are looking for another NHL goaltender before March 8. Whether the price is right is the question.

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