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Semyon Varlamov is disappointing

Feb 1, 2012, 9:08 AM EDT

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Semyon Varlamov is finding out that playing for the Avalanche is a lot different than playing for the Capitals. Of course, part of his job is to help make the Avalanche a much better team by stopping more pucks.

After losing in disappointing fashion to the lowly Edmonton Oilers last night, The Denver Post’s Adrian Dater decided that Varlamov’s disappointing performance very well might make him the No. 2 goalie in Colorado.

Varlamov had a chance to reclaim the No. 1 job tonight, but he blew it, plain and simple. I would say it’s less than 50-50 he’ll get another real chance the rest of the season now, unless J.S. Giguere gets hurt. That’s how big this game was for him tonight, I believe. This was a “prove it to me you can still be the guy for us” game, and he failed. The Oilers had about five good scoring chances in this game, and they scored on three of them. Meanwhile, the Avs made Devan Dubynk look like Glenn Hall again.


In case you forgot, the Avalanche gave up a first-round pick in 2012 and a second-round pick in 2012 or 2013 to Washington to get Varlamov. Meanwhile, Varlamov’s save percentage is below .900 and his goals against average is right at 3.00.

Double ouch.

  1. brockohol - Feb 1, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    trade stastny to the blues for bishop and a 1st rd

    • bcisleman - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      You are seriously overvaluing Stastny.

  2. ruddigervancity - Feb 1, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    He’s only disappointing if you consider how much the Avs (over)paid to get him, which, frankly, is not his fault.

  3. bcisleman - Feb 1, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Amusing seeing Dater jump off Varly’s bandwagon with two feet. He was the one person in the media trumpeting this move as briliant. So nice to see this Islander hater with egg all over his puss. Just hope that, whatever else happens, Isles pass Avs in the standings before the season ends.

  4. kotteintheslot - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    if they some how manage to sneak in the playoffs he does have a good track record in the little time hes played. just saying. also he wont have the sporadic benching of boudreau to deal with.

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