The New York Rangers have traded the goalkeeper Alexander Georgievi to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for three draft picks.
The Rangers will receive a third-round and fifth-round selection in the 2022 NHL Draft, as well as a third-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft in the deal.
The 26-year-old Georgiev recorded a save percentage of 0.898 and 2.92 goals against the average in 33 games last season. As a restricted free agent, he is out of a $4.85 million two-year contract with an average annual value of $2.4 million.
In 129 NHL career games, the native of Ruse, Bulgaria has a career percentage of 0.908 and a GAA of 2.94.
Kuemper to the market
The trade has ushered in the end of the pending unrestricted free agent Darcy Kuemper‘s time in Colorado, just weeks after the team won a Stanley Cup title.
TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports that the Avalanche did not have the cap space to keep Kuemper and chose to take over Georgiev. The team also has Pavel Francouz under contract for the next two seasons with a $2 million cap hit.
Dreger adds that Kuemper hopes to land a contract similar to that of the former Avalanche goalkeeper. Phillip Grubauersigned with the Seattle Kraken in free agency last year – which carried a cap hit of $5.9 million.
Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic met with Darcy Kuemper‘s agent, Ben Hankinson, on Wednesday, according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun.
The 32-year-old scored a 0.921 save rate and 2.54 goals against average in 57 appearances with the Avalanche during the regular season. He had a record of 16-10-4 in the playoffs with a save rate of .902 and an average of 2.57 goals conceded.
Kuemper was acquired by the Avalanche from the Arizona Coyotes last summer.
He is coming off a $9 million two-year contract signed with the Coyotes in 2019.