Avalanche acquire Georgiev from Rangers for package of draft picks

Avalanche acquire Georgiev from Rangers for package of draft picks

The Colorado Avalanche have acquired goaltender Alexandar Georgiev from the New York Rangers for a package of draft picks, the teams announced Thursday.

New York will receive Colorado’s third-round and fifth-round selections in the 2022 NHL Draft, as well as a third-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft. By making the deal, the Avalanche now hold just two picks in this year’s draft, a sixth- and seventh-round choice.

The Rangers, who started the day with only four picks in the NHL Draft, now hold six selections — giving them the capacity to either further bolster their youth movement, or convert the draft capital into players who can make a more immediate impact.

Georgiev, who arrived in New York as an undrafted free agent in 2017, showed flashes of meaningful promise during his time with the Rangers. The 26-year-old posted a 15-10-2 record this past season, including an 8-1-0 run with two shutouts in his last nine starts of the campaign.

Internationally, Georgiev, a native of Bulgaria who moved to Russia shortly after he was born, has competed for both nations. He notably represented Russia at the 2019 IIHF World Championship, posting a 2-0-0 record, both shutouts, to help his country to a bronze medal.

For Colorado, his acquisition raises further questions about the future of incumbent starter Darcy Kuemper, whose name has been linked to several other teams this off-season.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Kuemper is expected to hit the open market.

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