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Sabres Trade G Jonas Johansson to Avalanche

As per Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, Jonas Johansson is on his way to the Colorado Avalanche for a sixth-round pick.

There were reports yesterday as @KevinWeekes broke news that goaltender Jonas Johansson was likely going to be traded to Colorado. Sabres writers weren’t exactly glowing of Johansson’s reputation as an NHL netminder, John Vogl of The Athletic saying, “I can say without hesitation that the Avs are getting the worst goalie I’ve seen during my 19 seasons covering the Sabres. He doesn’t stop pucks in practice or games.”

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On Saturday, the trade became official. As per Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, Johansson is on his way to the Colorado Avalanche for a sixth-round pick. Lance Lysowski noted in the Buffalo News yesterday that Johansson was not at practice and that’s what fueled speculation a deal had been reached. Why it took another 24 hours or so to complete isn’t clear, just that there was a slight hold up. It could have been related to news about the Boston Bruins having four players added to the Covid list.

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There was a lot of talk the Avalanche might want to seek out a backup goaltender for their stretch run this season. Not sure that Johansson is it. He has one of the lowest save percentages above expected so far this year but he’s also played seven games. It’s not clear exactly what he’ll become — a Vezina nominee or a total dud.

Still “only” 25 years old, the selection of Johansson is interesting choice by the Avalanche. He is 1-8-2 in two seasons with the Sabres, posting a .888 save percentage and 3.40 goals-against average. He’s also played for one of the, if not the, worst teams in the NHL. As per Vogl, “Of the 66 goalies who’ve appeared in five games this season, Jonas Johansson is the only one without a victory. His save percentage ranks 58th. But the Avs’ Hunter Miska ranks 66th at .838. He’s 1-1-2.”

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