NHL News: Sabres on verge of goalie trade, and Penguins lose Evgeni Malkin to injury

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Jan 22, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) warms up before playing the New York Rangers at the PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

We may have our first goalie trade coming soon. Per NHL Network analyst, Kevin Weekes the Buffalo Sabres and Colorado Avalanche could be on the verge of a trade involving Jonas Johansson.

Sabres and Avalanche close to a deal

The Colorado Avalanche have been sniffing around the goalie market for awhile. They want to make sure they have goalie depth for the playoffs, but Phillip Grubauer is the #1 man in net for the Avs.

Johansson is a 25 year-old net minder who is 0-5-1 this season for the Sabres. He has a GAA of 3.79 and a SV% of .884. The 6-5 goalie does cover a lot of net naturally and was a 3rd round pick in 2014. Judging him behind this Buffalo defense would be unfair to say the least.

Penguins lose Malkin week-to-week

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Evgeni Malkin with Kris Letang trailing (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Penguins are dealing with an injury to one of their best players. Evgeni Malkin is considered week-to-week after suffering a lower-body injury against the Bruins this week. The 34 year-old pivot has 24 points in 29 games this season for Pittsburgh.

“Obviously when you lose Geno, it’s a tough loss from our standpoint for everything that he brings to our team. But we are certainly encouraged that, hopefully, we will get him back in a timely fashion,” Sullivan told reporters Friday.

via Sportsnet

Malkin has been rumored to be a trade candidate this offseason.