Francouz agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Colorado on Friday. The deal is one-way in nature, per Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic, which means the netminder can't be easily moved between leagues.
In order to send Francouz down to the minors next season, the organization would have to designate him for waivers and risk losing him for nothing. This should probably be considered the final nail in the coffin for Semyon Varlamov's stint in the Mile High City, as the team prepares to head into the 2019-20 campaign with Francouz backing up Philipp Grubauer.
Francouz stopped 30 of 34 shots in AHL Colorado's 5-4 win over San Diego on Wednesday.
Francouz got into a couple of games with the Avalanche earlier this season, but he has spent virtually the entire campaign in the AHL. He's shown more good than bad (17-11-1, 2.82 GAA, .915 save percentage) with the Eagles and he has a history of performing well in both the KHL and on the international stage for his native Czech Republic. Semyon Varlamov is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this summer and the 28-year-old Francouz appears to be more than ready to share time with Philipp Grubauer if that's the route the Avalanche decide to go in 2019-20.
Francouz was sent back to AHL Colorado on Saturday.
Francouz stopped 12 of the 13 shots he faced in a relief appearance against the Sharks on Wednesday, but that's all we will see of him in his latest NHL stint. The 28-year-old netminder dominated the KHL each of the last two seasons, but there's nothing at this point to suggest the Avs plan on moving him into a permanent role with the club.
Francouz allowed a goal on 13 shots in relief of Philipp Grubauer in a 5-4 loss to the Sharks on Wednesday.
The Avalanche pressed the 28-year-old into service after Grubauer yielded four goals on 14 shots through just over a period of play. Francouz fared much better, but he did yield the eventual game-winning goal. The Avalanche ended the night with three unanswered goals, but the hole was too deep to dig out of Wednesday. Francouz owns a .943 save percentage in two NHL appearances this season.
Francouz was called up from AHL Colorado on Tuesday.
Francouz suffered a loss in his Dec. 22 NHL debut against the Coyotes, permitting one goal on 22 shots. At the time, he was filling in for Semyon Varlamov. who had been dealing with an illness, but the reason for Francouz's most recent promotion is unclear.
The Avalanche assigned Francouz to AHL Colorado on Sunday, TSN reports.
Francouz made his NHL debut Saturday against the Coyotes after Philipp Grubauer was lit up for four goals on 16 shots. The 28-year-old steered away 21 of 22 shots but was surprisingly pegged with the loss. Francouz could be in line to back up Grubauer next season if Semyon Varlamov leaves in free agency.
Francouz was pressed into duty midway through the second period of Saturday's game against the Coyotes. He stopped 21 of 22 shots
The southpaw entered the game and promptly made some big saves to keep the game within striking distance. The Avs scored three times to make a good run at it, but ultimately Francouz and the Avs lost. Through 21 games with AHL Colorado this season, Francouz owns a 13-5-2 record, 2.61 GAA and .921 save percentage. He'll head back to the AHL once Semyon Varlamov recovers from his illness. Nice outing, though.
Francouz was called up from AHL Colorado on Saturday.
The Avalanche started backup Philipp Grubauer in two straight games, and the team will complete a back-to-back set Saturday against host Arizona, so Francouz will be on hand as an insurance option. He has been on point with the AHL's Eagles this season, recording a 13-5-1 record to go along with a 2.61 GAA and .921 save percentage.
Francouz allowed three goals on 32 shots in Monday's 5-3 preseason road win over the Golden Knights.
The Avalanche supported Francouz with two unanswered goals in the first period, and the Czech goalie held on after the teams exchanged three tallies apiece through the two subsequent frames. This was a strong performance for a guy who has never appeared in an NHL contest during the regular season, but there's virtually no chance that he'll unseat Semyon Varlamov or Phillipp Grubauer for playing time at the top level this season. However, Francouz is showing that he can at least be an emergency call-up option if necessary.
Francouz will be the road starter against the Golden Knights on Monday, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
We don't know much about Francouz, as the netminder has spent his career in Russia playing in the KHL. He signed a deal with Colorado this offseason, but the 28-year-old seems unlikely to see much NHL time during the regular season. Francouz is stuck behind Semyon Varlamov and Philipp Grubauer on the depth chart.
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