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Pavel Francouz retires due to injuries

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Colorado Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz announced his retirement from the NHL due to recurring injuries.

He will work as an analyst in his native Czechia for the upcoming World Championship, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Francouz was limited to only 73 games with the Avalanche across four seasons, posting a 44-21-6 record and .919 save percentage. He made seven playoff appearances for Colorado in 2022, helping the club win the Stanley Cup.

The 33-year-old was ruled out for the entire 2023-24 campaign in November after undergoing offseason adductor surgery.

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