The Colorado Avalanches have traded goaltender Craig Anderson to the Ottawa Senators for goalie Brian Elliott. It’s a bit of a strange deal on the surface, but raises questions as to ‘what’s next?’ for the Avalanche.

Jonathan Willis posted on the Avalanche’s goaltending woes late Thursday night, but the acquisition of another struggling goaltender in Brian Elliott doesn’t exactly do much to clear up the picture in Colorado. In 43 games this season, Elliott has posted a 3.19 GAA and .894 save percentage – not really eye catching numbers.

General manager Greg Sherman could be planning on another move to acquire a proven NHL goaltender, or he could be plotting a move for Florida’s Tomas Vokoun. Like Anderson, Vokoun is set to become a UFA at the end of this season and the latter figures to be one of the offseason’s more prized free agents.

This is just speculation, of course, but the Anderson/Elliott swap seems to have more to it than meets the eye. We’ll keep an eye on things in Colorado…