Semyon Varlamov has been placed on the injured reserve with the Washington Capitals for the start of the upcoming season. The 22-year-old keeper who is the starting goalie for the Caps has been nursing an undisclosed injury throughout training camp and will miss the season opener on Friday against the Atlanta Thrashers. Michal Neuvirth will get the nod in net but Varlamov will still travel with the team as will Dany Sabourin.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau claimed Varlamov’s participation in Saturday’s home opener against the New Jersey Devils will be decided on how he fares in practice leading up to game-time. Varlamov last battled a groin injury leading up to the 2010 Olympics but was fit to dress as the second back-up to Team Russia where he watched his teammates alongside GM Vladislav Tretiak. He would miss nine games with the Caps and was sent to the AHL for conditioning. The team can remove him from the IR at any point in the season.
We will have more about Varly’s injury as yours truly will be in the nation’s capital this Saturday speaking to the Russian young guns after their practice session at the KCI.