Grubauer is coming off a 3.3 million dollar deal he signed three years ago. So now the Colorado Avalanche are going to have to struggle to sign their starting goalie this coming off-season. Grubauer has been great during the postseason, and he probably will be looking for a pay raise.
The Avalanche have a lot of important players coming off the books this summer. Makar, Saad, Landeskog, Jost, and a lot of other guys will be looking for extensions. Depending on how the team finishes and how much longer this playoff run goes, I think they will get them.
Grubauer is an important piece of the team, but is he really a difference-maker? Maybe the organization realizes that their team is just so good they can be great with any goalie in net. Maybe they decide against paying Grubauer above four or five million dollars. If that is the case then I think the Blackhawks should give him a one or two-year deal for four million to show what he can do in the NHL.
Being great on the Avalanche right now is not that difficult, but if Grubauer can bet on himself and win with the Blackhawks then he could make a lot of money next summer.
Grubauer might have been a bit of a stretch, but the next name on this list probably is the most realistic option for the Hawks.