Islanders: 3 Destinations Varlamov Could Land if Traded

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Might there be an opportunity for a reunion between Varlamov and the Avalanche? Ironically, both teams that were featured in the Western Conference Final could be interested in Varlamov this summer. Avalanche GM Joe Sakic also reached out to Lamoriello regarding the services of Varlamov at the trade deadline in February. No official offer was made, but the interest was there.

Darcy Kuemper had an excellent season, however, he's set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. There's reason to believe Kuemper could return but Sakic is known to be a tough negotiator that usually comes out of negotiations as the winner. Kuemper's injury-prone resume could hold him back from receiving the term and dollars desired and if he stands firm on what he wants, Sakic won't be afraid to walk away from the table and pursue another goaltender.

Pavel Francouz has two more seasons on his contract at $2 million per season. He's a fine goaltender but considered more a backup than a 1B option. Sakic will want a starter in his crease in order for the Avalanche to continue their domination in-season and in the playoffs. It's quite possible they'll claim it all this season and there's no reason to believe that will satisfy the Avalanche who will look to take a page out of the Tampa Bay Lightnings book and assert their dominance season after season. Varlamov could be a perfect stop-gap for the Avalanche as a suitable starter for them before his contract runs up next summer. There's little reason to believe he won't waive to go play for the well-oiled machine Jared Bednar coaches.