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Avs to start Varlamov tonight in Dallas

Nov 1, 2013, 1:06 PM EDT

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One day after he was released from jail, Semyon Varlamov will be in goal for the Colorado Avalanche.

“I just feel it’s the right decision,” Colorado coach Patrick Roy said, as per “Why wait? [Varlamov] looks good this morning. We’re all aware what happened and we just feel that he’s our guy.

“We have a lot of confidence in him as a goalie. We feel that it’s good for him to play [Friday].”

The Denver Post reports that Varlamov, arrested on Wednesday on allegations of domestic violence, will be starting on Friday when the Avs take on the Stars in Dallas.

Varlamov, 25, was arrested on Wednesday on allegations of domestic violence and spent the evening in jail after turning himself in to police.

Varlamov’s bond was set at $5,000 and met on Thursday afternoon, at which time he was released from custody. In Thursday’s court ruling, Varlamov was given permission to travel with the Avalanche but also had a restraining order filed.

The Russian netminder had been scheduled to start in Dallas prior to his arrest. In last game, a 3-2 Colorado win over Winnipeg on Sunday, Varlamov stopped 23 of 25 shots, pushing his record on the season to 7-1-1.

The decision to start Varlamov under these new circumstances, though, will likely come under scrutiny. On Friday, Denver Post columnist Mark Kiszla wrote that Colorado should keep Varlamov off the ice/away from the team until his legal matters are sorted out.


As per ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, here’s is NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly’s statement on the Varlamov matter:

“At this point, we are monitoring the developing legal situation and do not intent to intervene in that process. There may come a point in time where we feel it is either necessary or appropriate to take a different approach, but that’s not where we are right now.

“We are and will remain in close contact with the Club, and will see how the underlying facts unfold.”

  1. jernster21 - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Denver Post columnist Mark Kiszla also said that we needed Ryan Miller to be successful. No one cares what that idiot says.

  2. jpelle82 - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    i’d be disappointed in dallas fans if they dont boo the s*** out of him tonight. before i get the whole thumbs down parade, i tend to side with the ladies on these allegations…they usually dont hospitalize themselves.

    • jernster21 - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      Or you can look it at from the perspective that she’s now “apparently” getting threats from Russia and is too scared to go home. Seems like a good excuse to try and stay in the US and live the American dream! Regardless, screw the conspiracy theories, none of us know what happened – let the facts unfold before coming to unwarranted conclusions.

    • 950003cups - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      “they usually dont hospitalize themselves.”

      Actually there have been MANY cases where women have rammed their faces against walls and doors in an attempt to get their boyfriend, husband, ex’s arrested. Just like there are many women who are beat up and say they fell in to a wall to avoid a loved one getting arrested.

      Just filling you in.

      • davebabychreturns - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        jpelle is right, and someone needs to get you a dictionary!

        Usually = under normal circumstances, generally, regularly
        Many = a large number of

        Unless you are simply saying “many” to mean a large number that is not particular large by proportion to the total sample (eg. 1000 is “many” but is only 1% of 100 000 so not really), of course.

        So no, women do not usually hospitalize themselves in order to better make a false domestic violence claim. The context is a little bit different but studies of these claims within the context of family law show that 65-75% of these claims are substantiated, the remainder are not necessarily demonstrably false either.. just not supported by enough evidence.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        wow I feel like you gave us a big semantics lesson while simultaneously missing cups’ point.

      • davebabychreturns - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:02 PM

        Maybe I did miss his point, what was it exactly.. that reports of this crime are not necessarily an accurate reflection of the rate of which it occurs (one way or the other)?

        I mean I would agree with that and so would most people but jpelle’s statement is still correct.. I haven’t seen anyone credibly make the claim that the scenario in which someone harms themselves to fake abuse is anything other than unusual. Don’t see how anyone can disagree with it.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:43 PM

        his point, as poorly construed as you think it was, was that it happens. might not be USUAL, if we’re talking semantics, but it happens. did it happen this time? nobody knows. but the “reasonable doubt” that he gave is enough to keep me from holding judgement til a judge holds judgement.

      • jpelle82 - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        no need to fill me in, i’ve lived in the world a little while. if i believed it didnt happen, i wouldve wrote “never” instead of “usually”. i’m not so naive to believe it doesnt happen, but…”usually” the women that fake injury dont fake it so bad the hospitalize themselves and their percentage is measurably less anyway than the percentage of women whose claims are actually proven…as dave said.

    • imleftcoast - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      Denis Potvin has to feel good about this. Last time I went to MSG, they were still chanting, “beat your wife Potvin, beat your wife.”

  3. joey4id - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Bold move. I suppose it’s a vote of confidence with respect to Varlamov’s and the team’s mental toughness. Adversity breeds character.

  4. r4n6er - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Innocent until proven guilty. Have you heard of that before jpelle82? I hope he has a killer performance…er…beats them…er….plays well.

    • davebabychreturns - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      I hope he kidnaps a win tonight for the Avs, er.. I hope he “turns himself in to” the best player in the game like he turned himself in to Denver police, umm.. I hope the opponent thinks twice about charging him just like police are, hmmmm.. I hope he beats the Stars like they were his wife, ahh…


  5. Stiller43 - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Innocent until proven guilty only applies to a court of law. We can judge or believe anything we want about him.

    • pxland - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      Sure ya can! But it makes you seem like a tool.

      • davebabychreturns - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:43 PM

        Well the point in court is that the evidence has to be presented, etc etc. The evidence is already unfolding in front of us at this point so while it is still probably premature to jump to a conclusion right now, no individual has to wait for any kind of official process to make their own judgement.

      • jpelle82 - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        hey i believe in the system, it still doesnt affect me being honest about how i feel about it right now with the information we have. i think its great that he was issued a bond, there’s a protection order in place, and he will have his day in court. i feel he should be able to resume his day to day activities as well until said court date. i think we can all agree that the court of public opinion sometimes is the one that matters though, especially when you’re famous…just ask george zimmerman how he’s doing these days.

    • storminator16 - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      “We can judge or believe anything we want about him.”

      That’s the problem with this Facebook/Twitter age. When it comes down to it, who the fudge cares what you or I think? It is great we can get on the Internet and say anything we want virtually anonymously, but don’t act like it’s a right of yours to do so.

      We can all be judgmental, narcissistic jerks but don’t make it like it trumps law & facts. Sheesh.

    • storminator16 - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      And I didn’t even catch this comedic gold the first time:

      “i think we can all agree that the court of public opinion sometimes is the one that matters though…”

      If anyone ever thinks that is true, I say to you this: get over yourselves. Get over yourselves right now.


  6. newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Wonder if he is allowed to travel internationally to the raod games in Canada?

    I guess we’ll see this come the raod trip begining Decemeber 5th in Edmonton.

    Wonder if he will be in the same situation as Bob Probert was back in the early 90’s. No games outside of the USA?

    Might also bar him from playing in the Olympics.

  7. vbcaps - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Two things

    1) Varly’s girl is super cute…why would you want to allegedly hit her

    2) I will be watching that game tonight in addition to caps vs Philly

    • mp1131211 - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      Cool. Any other random thoughts or details or your schedule you want to share? What are you eating for dinner? I’m having pasta.

    • joey4id - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      Oh! Because someone’s appearance should be factored before hitting them. Right?

      • vbcaps - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        No it isnt factored in…you should be enjoying your model gf not hitting her is the point I was getting at.

        At MP1131211: Isn’t the point of the comment section to share your random thoughts on the topic ??

      • ibieiniid - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        don’t worry vbcaps, MP might be the biggest di**head here.

      • pxland - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        He certainly is, in my court of public opinion …..

      • jpelle82 - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        thats what twitter is for…

    • joey4id - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      So, you’re actually saying, with some sort of difficulty, you should be enjoying your gf regardless of how she looks. Right? I sure hope so. Because I hope to hell that my daughters’ bfs are enjoying them regardless of the fact that they are not models.

      • vbcaps - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        You are right…you should enjoy someones company without regard to their physical appearance.

      • jpelle82 - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:07 PM

        i hope my daughters boyfriends arent enjoying them at all….

      • joey4id - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        jpelle82, hahahaha! Yeah! I here you.

  8. mrhyperpants - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    interesting they are playing him tonight. Not sure if that’s a wise move Roy. We shall see I guess.

    • davebabychreturns - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      Well I’m sure Roy can put himself in Varlamov’s shoes without too much effort..

    • joey4id - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      It can be a very smart move from the hockey and team dynamics perspectives Business as usual will be less disruptive than having him there sitting on the bench or not there at all. Roy could using the circumstances as a teachable moment. 1) boys don’t abuse your spouses 2) we stick together as a team 3) pulling through this together will build unity and character 4) if he’s guilty then he must pay the consequences

      • mp1131211 - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:17 PM

        Not sure how playing him would teach against domestic violence, but I can see point 2 and 3. And 4, again, I don’t see how that relates

      • joey4id - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        As a coach you are also teaching the kids some life lessons. Hence 1 & 4.

  9. sabatimus - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    I hate Dallas, but I hope they score 8 goals off this guy. Of course, I’d hope that any team helmed by Patrick Roy gets blown out.

  10. dasportsninja - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Did he hit her in the head? Was she defenseless? Is he a repeat offender? Was she injured? Is he on the Boston Bruins?

  11. mfinneran - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Need’s to be in jail until this is sorted out.

    • pxland - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      Start a petition.

  12. drewzducks - Nov 1, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Makes sense. Patrick played a few nights after he “allegedly” smacked his wife around.

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