Misconduct16 Posted January 16, 2017 Share Posted January 16, 2017 Proposal: Lehtonen + Nichushkin/Lindell (Or some combination of Prospects/picks) for Varlamov Reason for the deal: Colorado and Dallas both have goalies with term left on their deals that aren't performing up to snuff with big, similar, cap hits. Lehtonen 2016-17 33 DAL NHL 27 24 9 11 4 69 678 609 .898 2.87 1 Varlamov 2016-17 28 COL NHL 23 22 6 16 0 71 719 648 .901 3.31 (Sorry about the formatting) Lehtonen: 1 Year Left at 6.0M Varlamov: 2 Years left at 5.9M For Dallas: Varlamov has consistently (until this year) been a league average or above goaltender. He's got the ability to stand on his head and really give a team what it needs to succeed while healthy. If Colorado is interested, also gets some value out of a player in Nic that has said he won't play for Ruff. Downside: If he doesn't regain form, Varlamov has an extra year on his deal. For Colorado: Definitely rebuilding, have a younger goalie in Pickard they seem willing to give the reins to. Trading Varly gets them a year less of contract on their goalies and I've read articles considering leaving him unprotected this year instead of Pickard anyways. Owing Lehtonen a year of 6.0M to be a backup to Pickard is... expensive. But getting either a combination of young talent or draft picks and some cap flexibility earlier while being able to see what they have in Pickard could be well worth it. It would be amazing if Colorado could turn Varlamov into a prospect like Honka, but I think there would have to be something else given back to Dallas with Varlamov to bring back Honka. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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