The Colorado Avalanche are bolstering their goalie depth.
The Avalanche capped off a busy day of news on Saturday with a key signing, agreeing to terms with goaltender Pavel Francouz on a two-year contract extension worth an average annual value of $2 million.
The deal, which ties Francouz to Colorado through the 2023-24 season, is identical to his last deal with the Avalanche, as the 31-year-old signed for two years at $2 million per season back in February of 2020, as well.
With the Avalanche in win-now mode and current starter Darcy Kuemper set to hit free agency at year’s end, locking in Francouz for a reasonable price without too much commitment is some tidy business for Joe Sakic.
Francouz is only in his second full season of NHL action at the moment, but the Czechia-native has performed quite admirably throughout his limited service time, earning a .920 save percentage through 14 appearances so far this season, along with an impressive .923 in 33 appearances in 2019-20.
Health has always been the question mark with Francouz, as he’s missed extended periods of time in both of his big-league seasons, including the entire 2021 campaign. But when he’s on the ice, the guy can stop pucks with the best of them.
Francouz has outperformed each of his goaltending partners in Colorado. And, if he’s able to stay healthy for the foreseeable future, the Avalanche could potentially have their starter under contract for the next two years at a very good price.