Colorado goalie holding down fort

Without David Aebischer, the Avalanche would be looking up at the Canucks standings.

Updated: December 12, 2003, 2:14 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- It seems no matter how well David Aebischer plays, he won't be able to safely call the No. 1 goalie job his until the March 9 trading deadline passes.

The 6-1, 180-pound native of Fribourg, Switzerland, has done about all he can to keep the job as his 14-4-3 record, 2.13 goals-against average and .924 save percentage will attest. But any available netminder, such as Phoenix's Sean Burke, Detroit's Curtis Joseph and Washington's Olaf Kolzig, has been rumored and will be rumored to be traded to Colorado as another piece to the Avalanche's Stanley Cup puzzle.

David Aebischer
AP PhotoColorado needs David Aebischer to remain confident.
"It doesn't bother him, he's low key and he's focused every day on his job," Avalanche assistant coach Jacques Cloutier said. "He doesn't worry about what's going on around him. His main goal is helping the team win hockey games and that's what he's been doing."