The Colorado Avalanche have acquired goaltender Devan Dubnyk from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for defenseman Greg Pateryn and a 2021 5th round draft pick.
The Avalanche have had a backup goalie issue all season, as Pavel Francouz has been out with an injury. They recently traded a 6th round pick to Buffalo for Jonas Johansson, who has been successful so far, with a .920 save percentage through four games. But, they get a more experience backup for Philipp Grubauer, plus Johansson had a 3.79 GAA for the Sabres this year. Dubnyk is far from perfect, but there were not many great rental goaltending options available, and the price here is low. He has had a rough past two seasons, which are probably a result of being overworked. David Rittich and Ryan Miller would have been better rental options. Colorado brought in Patrik Nemeth last night, so Pateryn moved down the depth chart. After being acquired for Ian Cole earlier this year, he did not play a big role for the Avalanche. Dubnyk is a pending UFA, with a $2.16 million cap hit. San Jose did not retain any money, but Minnesota did when they traded him to the Sharks in the offseason.
Dubnyk, 34, has an .898 save percentage with a 3.18 GAA and a -4.6 GSAA in 17 games for the Sharks this year. In his career for the Sharks, Minnesota Wild, Edmonton Oilers, Arizona Coyotes and Nashville Predators, Dubnyk has a .914 save percentage with a 2.60 GAA and a 26.5 GSAA in 537 games.
The Sharks are sellers for the second year in a row, and they get a draft pick back for Dubnyk, plus some defensive depth. This trade leaves them with an even scarier goaltending tandem than before, with Martin Jones starting and 22 year old Alexei Melnichuk likely backing him up. Pateryn will be a 7th or 8th defenseman for the Sharks, and the pending UFA is mainly acquired so the Avalanche can balance out the salaries. Pateryn has a $1.175 cap hit, so the Sharks save just under $1 million. Pateryn and Dubnyk were teammates in Minnesota in 2018-19 and 2019-20.
Pateryn, 30, has two assists in 11 games for the Avalanche and Wild in 2020-21. In his NHL career for the Wild, Avalanche, Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens, he has scored four goals with 37 assists for 41 points in 278 games.