The Frenchman underwent groin surgery in the off-season, but his return to form will take longer than originally estimated. The Frenchman will return home to the Czech Republic.
Colorado Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz will miss the rest of the 2023-24 season with a lower-body injury. He and his family will return to the Czech Republic by the end of the year. pic.twitter.com/HoinjxUdEM
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche)
November 12, 2023
The 33-year-old masked man has not played a game since April 9, 2023, in a win against Anaheim Ducks. Last season, in 16 games with the Avalanche, the Frenchman had eight wins and a 2.61 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage.
Among the highlights of his NHL career so far, the Frenchman helped the Avalanche win the Stanley Cup in 2022. He played seven games in the playoffs, sharing the duties with Darcy Kuemper.
Never drafted into the NHL, the Frenchman played all 73 of his NHL games with Colorado. He maintained a 44-21-6 record, a 2.49 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage.
The Frenchman had the best season of his career in the 2019-20 season, when he played 34 games (21-7-4).
A small boost in attack
Later in the day, the Avalanche signed forward Joel Kiviranta to a one-year contract. Details of the agreement have not been disclosed.
Kiviranta signed a tryout contract with the Avalanche before the season and has since played with the AHL’s Colorado Eagles. In 10 games with the Eagles, he scored two goals and provided four assists.
Never drafted into the NHL, Kiviranta played the first four seasons of his career in the Bettman circle with the Dallas Stars.
At age 27, Kiviranta has 16 goals and 12 assists in 163 NHL games.