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Penguins Re-sign Letang; Avalanche Acquire Goalie Georgiev

FILE -N ew York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev protects the net during the second period of the team's NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders on Thursday, April 21, 2022, in Elmont, N.Y. The Cup-winning Colorado Avalanche acquired goaltender Alexandar Georgiev from the New York Rangers for three draft picks, Thursday, July 7, 2022.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
FILE -N ew York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev protects the net during the second period of the team's NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders on Thursday, April 21, 2022, in Elmont, N.Y. The Cup-winning Colorado Avalanche acquired goaltender Alexandar Georgiev from the New York Rangers for three draft picks, Thursday, July 7, 2022.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
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Montreal (AP) -- Joe Sakic didn’t want to make the call to Darcy Kuemper telling him the Colorado Avalanche were not bringing back their goaltender who was in net when they won the Stanley Cup.

He also couldn’t afford to wait.