San Jose Sharks: 3 goalies to trade for in the offseason

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2. Philipp Grubauer

At 28-years-old, Philipp Grubauer is an older option to trade for.

Once thought to be the successor to Braden Holtby for the Washington Capitals, the Caps traded him and defenseman Brooks Orpik to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for their second-round pick in the 2018 draft.

In his first season, Grubauer backed up/platooned with Semyon Varlamov and excelled. In 37 games last year, Grubauer had a 2.64 GAA, .917 SV%, three shutouts, and .606 QS%.

This season has been very similar for Grubauer. He’s sporting a 2.63 GAA, .916 SV%, and two shutouts, but his QS% has dropped to a measly .472 in 36 games.

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Grubauer may have more than 40 games played if it wasn’t for the emergence of, what was thought to be his backup, 29-year-old Pavel Francouz, and injuries.

Right now, Grubauer is on the injured reserve due to a lower-body injury, but he should be returning around the middle of this month.

With what the Avalanche had to give up for Grubauer and Orpik two years ago and the success that he’s had with them, I think the price for Grubauer would be around a high draft pick/ prospect, like defenseman Ryan Merkley, and forward depth.

I’m not too sure how open Colorado is to dealing Grubauer, but it wouldn’t hurt for the Sharks to call and do their due diligence. With Colorado not having a backup for Francouz and his lack of NHL experience, they may not want to move Grubauer at all.