On Thursday, Avalanche netminder (and friend of the blog) Semyon Varlamov had a game for the ages. Varly stopped 57 of 60 shots to lead Colorado over Carolina breaking his own franchise record for most saves in a game. The 29-year-old turned away 22 shots in both the first and third periods along 16 in the second. The record setting performance comes on the heels of letting up 7 goals on 21 shots before being pulled against Vegas. Varlamov last set a franchise record in 2015 with a 54-save performance against Chicago.
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Yesterday’s free agent frenzy saw a few Russians take their talents to new places, or be rewarded by their current teams with contract extensions. Let’s take a quick glance around the league. Continue reading “NHL Free Agency Day 1 Round-Up”
With the 2015 NHL Draft about to kick-off in Florida earlier this evening, news broke that the Buffalo Sabres acquired the coveted top-six forward Ryan O’Reilly from the Colorado Avalanche. In exchange, the Avs received Mikhail Grigorenko, Nikita Zadorov, J.T. Compher and the 31st pick in the 2015 draft. The trade signals the end of a tumultuous time for Grigorenko who spent time bouncing around in the QMJHL, AHL, and NHL under the watchful and reluctant eye of Ted Nolan.
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When Semyon Varlamov tweaked his groin against the Maple Leafs or possibly the next morning, his promising backup Reto Barra was forced to leave the Avs’ next game with an injury of his own. With no definite time table set for either netminders, social media is abuzz over the possibility of the Avalanche courting the winningest goalie of all-time to help hold down the crease.
Continue reading “Avs Place Varly on IR; Bryz to the Rescue?”
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Less than three years ago, Semyon Varlamov was mere days from returning back to Russia, putting his NHL dream on the back burner and playing in the country where his career began. Fortunately for the Samara native he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche in the off-season where he would become the new face in the crease.
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(photo courtesy Ryan Parker/Denver Post)
Late this evening, news out of Denver sent shock waves through the NHL and the twittersphere as it was reported Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was in police custody. Numerous reports claim the 25-year-old Samara native turned himself in on charges related to second degree kidnapping and third degree assault. As of 11 pm EST Varlamov has been processed and is being held without bond. He will appear before a judge tomorrow morning.
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One game into the 2013 season and Semyon Varlamov looked like the goalie of old. Now under the watchful eye of this madman, Varlamov shined in the season opener making 36 saves in a 6-1 rout of the Anaheim Ducks. Varly was seconds away from recording his 12th NHL shutout before a Jakob Silfverberg rebound ended his bid with seven seconds on the clock.
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On a night where many Russian NHL’ers were getting their first goals or wins of the season, one man stood above the rest. Having only suited up 17 times for the Montreal Canadiens since Nov. 9, 2010, Andrei Markov scored two goals against the Florida Panthers and showed (at least for one night) that he still has quite the cannon from the point. Finally past the two anterior cruciate ligament surgeries on his right knee, Markov showed little hesitance on using his beloved slapshot, making netminder Scott Clemmensen look absolutely hapless on both goals.
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Capitals fans will most likely never forget their first unofficial introduction to Semyon Varlamov, the 20-year-old kid out of Samara, Russia who was called up (and in) to replace a video editor who hours earlier signed an emergency contract to sit in for injured goalie Jose Theodore. The same netminder who would make his debut the following night (a 32-save win) and later prove be a crucial reason in carrying the team to the second round of the playoffs.
Continue reading “Once Bound For Russia, Varlamov Finds Himself in Colorado Showing Off His English”
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As a result of an incident in Washington’s loss to the Avalanche last night, Alexander Semin received a fine from the NHL but escaped any further punishment. During the second period of Saturday’s game Semin received a 5 minute penalty and a 10 minute misconduct for cross checking John-Michael Liles in the head.
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