The worst kept secret coming into the regular season was that Matt Duchene wanted a trade out of Colorado. With Duchene being traded over the weekend, the Avalanche are looking for another asset.
According to James Gordon of theathletic.com is reporting that goaltender Andrew Hammond will be traded again.
Andrew Hammond will remain with the Belleville Senators on loan from the Avs. COL will be looking to flip him to someone else.
— James Gordon (@James_J_Gordon) November 6, 2017
The Avalanche received Hammond, along with prospects Shane Bowers, Samuel Girard, Vladislav Kamenev and three draft picks in return for sending Matt Duchene to the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night. The Senators also traded center Kyle Turristo the Nashville Predators as part of the three-team deal.
Hammond is in the final year of a three-year deal that he signed with the Senators back in 2015. The current cap hit for Hammond is $1.35 million. He only counts for $325,000 against Colorado’s cap while he plays in the AHL.
Hammond proved his worth as an NHL goalie during 2015 regular season. Once Hammond entered the net, the Senators found magic. Compiling a record of 20-1-2 down the stretch, the Senators made the playoffs on the final day of the regular season.
In six games with the Senators last season, Hammond posted a record of 0-2. He has primarily been an AHL goalie. Currently in the AHL, Hammond owns a .925 saver percentage with a 2.61 goals against average.
One of the reasons Colorado is looking to deal Hammond is because of their depth at the position. With goaltenders Semyon Varlamov and Jonathan Bernier on their NHL roster, there is no chance of Hammond replacing either one of them.
Down on the farm, Colorado has Spencer Martin, Ville Husso and Joe Cannata all on the roster for the San Antonio Rampage. Hence why Hammond is on loan to Belleville from Colorado.
Hammond is a capable backup in the NHL. Just like the Duchene, GM Joe Sakic has to find the right team and price in order to trade Hammond.
There are teams out there that have been looking at Hammond. It would not shock anyone if Hammond goes back to the Eastern Conference. A team like Buffalo or Pittsburgh could use his services. Pittsburgh is an interesting team because right now they have no confidence in the backup goalie. A guy like Hammond, if brought in, could stabilize the position and give Murray the much needed rest.
Again this is all speculation, but what is for sure is Colorado is looking to move Hammond as soon as they can.