Devan Dubnyk was traded to the Colorado Avalanche by the San Jose Sharks on Saturday for defenseman Greg Pateryn.
San Jose also received a fifth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft for the goalie.
Dubnyk is in the final year of a six-year contract he signed with the Minnesota Wild on June 27, 2015 and can become an unrestricted free agent after the season.
The 34-year-old is 3-9-2 with a 3.18 goals-against average and .898 save percentage in 17 games (13 starts) this season. He was acquired by the Sharks in a trade with the Wild on Oct. 5.
“Well, he made a major impact, especially in our room and among our players,” San Jose coach Bob Boughner said. “Twofold, his game was a game where every time he went in he competed hard, practices extremely hard, he brings a lot of fun into our dressing room. He’s a great man. I think that it was a perfect combination for [goalie Martin Jones], I think their personalities played off each other and I think he pushed Jonesy. They pushed each other every day.”
Selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round (No. 14) of the 2004 NHL Draft, Dubnyk is 250-204-54 with a 2.60 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in 537 games (509 starts) with the Sharks, Wild, Arizona Coyotes, Nashville Predators and Oilers. He is 8-18 with a 2.72 GAA, .904 save percentage and two shutouts in 26 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
“On the other hand, [Dubnyk’s] numbers may not show how much he meant to our team,”Boughner said. “We were a different team when he had the workload, we weren’t playing well in front of him. ‘Jonesy’, as well as he’s playing and he’s been one of our best players for a while, I think he got a bit of an advantage of our team playing better around him. He’s going to Colorado, a team with a great chance to win the Stanley Cup and prolong his career. So I can’t thank ‘Duby’ enough for what he’s brought here in a short time.”
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Dubnyk likely will back up Philipp Grubauer, who is tied for the NHL lead in wins (24) with Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning and leads goalies in appearances (33). Grubauer has a 2.00 GAA, .919 save percentage and five shutouts this season.
With Pavel Francouz having not played this season because of a lower-body injury, Colorado acquired Jonas Johansson from the Buffalo Sabres on March 20. He is 2-0-1 with a 2.13 GAA and .920 save percentage in four games (three starts) since the trade, including his first NHL shutout in a 2-0 win against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.
Pateryn is in the final year of a three-year contract he signed with the Wild on July 1, 2018 and can become a UFA after the season. The 30-year-old has no points in 11 games this season with the Avalanche and Wild.
“He’s a quality defenseman,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. “He was involved in a trade earlier in the year (with Wild on Jan. 19) for Ian Cole. We know him, he’s a big right-shot defenseman who’s played on some very good hockey teams. … Greg’s a good player and we’re looking forward to him coming and joining us, too.”
Selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the seventh round (No. 128) of the 2008 NHL Draft, Pateryn has scored 41 points (four goals, 37 assists) in 278 regular-season games with the Avalanche, Wild, Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens and three assists in seven playoff games.
The Avalanche (27-9-4) lead the eight-team Honda West Division; the Sharks (18-17-4) are sixth, three points behind the fourth-place Coyotes. The top four teams will qualify for the playoffs.
NHL.com staff writer Tracey Myers contributed to this report