With major free agent moves complete, we have a chance to use hindsight to evaluate the strange goaltender transition in Colorado. Few teams undergo such a wild swing in personnel in such a short time.
Having ridden the hot hand of Craig Anderson through the 2009-10 season to a playoff berth, it seemed as if the Avalanche had found some stability between the pipes. Even more importantly, they had done it in bargain fashion, with a cap hit of $1.8 million for that season and the next. With a young, talented squad that was in over its head most nights against top possession teams, the veteran presence of an emerging Anderson seemed like a gift from the hockey gods.
One short season later and the Avalanche had become disillusioned with Anderson and his potential UFA status as the trade deadline loomed. Apparently fearing that they'd be unable to keep him around, GM Greg Sherman initiated a string of events that may come back to haunt him, or possibly make his career.
Anderson for Elliott