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Varlamov ‘comfortable’ in OT win following jail release

Nov 1, 2013, 11:45 PM EDT

DALLAS, TX - NOVEMBER 1: Semyon Varlamov #1 of the Colorado Avalanche looks on during a timeout against the Dallas Stars on November 1, 2013 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) Getty Images

Amid allegations of domestic violence and just one day after spending time in jail, the Colorado Avalanche decided to start goaltender Semyon Varlamov against the Dallas Stars.

Despite everything that’s transpired, Varlamov was just as effective as he has been all season, turning aside 27 of 29 shots to earn an overtime victory.

“I got such good teammates, so I don’t think about what’s happening,” Varlamov said, courtesy of the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater. “I said before, no comments on that. I feel very comfortable today.”

Avalanche coach Patrick Roy added that the team wanted to rally around Varlamov. Prior to the game, he made it clear that Varlamov was still their guy.

The Avalanche are now 11-1-0 this season, which puts them in a tie with the San Jose Sharks in terms of points. However, the Avalanche have more wins than San Jose and have played in one less game. That’s quite the jump for a team that finished in the basement of the Western Conference last season.

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  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 2, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Wow, I’m certainly quite relieved to hear Varlamov is doing well and feeling fine. I was so deeply concerned that after beating up his girlfriend, allegedly, he’d be distraught and worn down. I’ll sleep so much better tonight after reading of his recovery.

  2. drdoomkaiser - Nov 2, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Damn varmallov looks pissed

    • esracerx46 - Nov 2, 2013 at 12:04 AM

      He looks like a guy that just beat someone up…..allegedly.

  3. esracerx46 - Nov 2, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    All these statements from the Avs saying they support him and all that….something about it just makes me feel weird. If he did what is alleged. Are those guys still there for him? Or do they kick him to the curb like Aaron Rogers did with Ryan Braun? If he didn’t then yeah, I support him too. But like us, these guys that are close to Badly have no idea if these allegations are true. Only 2 people know for sure

    • esracerx46 - Nov 2, 2013 at 12:02 AM

      *Varly. Damn you autocorrect.

  4. hosewater2 - Nov 2, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Can we just call it what it is? He’s out on bail. Has a different ring to it eh?

  5. stinkpretty1 - Nov 2, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Atta boy. Seperated personal and business.

  6. 950003cups - Nov 2, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Glad to hear Varlomov is comfortable. I was concerned he may have bruised his knuckles when his girlfriend rammed her face in to his fist.

    • bricevjohnson - Nov 2, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      As an Avs fan I find that these jokes are already getting old, but this one is priceless hahaha.

  7. vanfoodman - Nov 2, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    When do Emery and the Flyers play Varlamov and the Avs?

    • jernster21 - Nov 2, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      I’m curious too as I’m looking forward to another Avalanche win.

  8. chiadam - Nov 2, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    All women beaters need people to rally around them. It’s touching.

  9. jspeed71 - Nov 2, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    This guy shoukd not be playing or traveling with any team.

    I believe in “innocent until proven guilty” but that does not mean that a business or a very public sports team can afford to give a player charged with violent crimes to be given the benefit of the doubt.

    Let’s say Varlamov is found guilty then a one time wife beater, Patrick Roy, basically told the team and two nations that domestic abuse is no worse than not paying a parking ticket. It also looks like Joe Sakic, the GM, and the rest of team management follows the orders of the head coach. This is a stupid management move. So idiotic and it is so obvious that they are supporting Varlamov only because he is winning. If he was the backup i wouldn’t be surprised that they would dump him the day he got out of jail and long before he was even tried.

    Winning is essential for sports franchises but so is PR. What high profile team would want to be known as a refuge for domestic violence? Yeah, I know that the accused are innocent until proven guilty BUT would a business allow a accused pedophile or a accused rapist or a accused murderer come back to work? These are serious charges and the police and the criminal court is taking them very seriously. It looks like the Avs are not.

    • avfanforlife - Nov 2, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      It’s quite possible that the team and management know a little more than the general public about the entire issue here. $5k bond and allowed to leave the state? No charges filed (yet)? Sounds like the DA is sensing something is not quite right here. Regardless… Either he did what she says and they are working on a strong case – In which point he needs to go… or he did actually break up with her like it has been suggested, and she went batsht crazy on him and he deserves everyone’s support. Time will tell… but innocent til found guilty in my book.

    • hockeyflow33 - Nov 2, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      Your point is that you don’t believe in innocent until proven guilty

      • jspeed71 - Nov 2, 2013 at 7:02 PM

        No, that isn’t at all what my point is.

        He is innocent until a court of law tries and convicts him with a guilty plea.

        My point is that this is a VERY serious charge that is universally abhorred by the public. Such charges, in most businesses (especially a high profile entertainment business), will suspend a employee (or even trade a player if it is a sports franchise) if the employee/player is just suspected. Varlamov, innocent or guilty, is suspected of a crime.

        I am not saying he should be fired. I am not saying he should be suspended without pay. I am simply saying he should not be playing until a investigation is concluded. This is not a black and white issue where I think he is definitely guilty… that is not actually the point: the point is that IF he is convicted of a crime of this nature the team has coddled a wife beater just for the wins. That puts a black mark on a good franchise. You may love Varlamov but the ex-GF, at this point, is very credible. This solidarity for Varlamov might look great to Avs fans but I don’t think it is good for hockey. It looks mercenary in a sport that many Americans see as brutal anyway. Stories like this aren’t great for the sport… and playing a guy under such a cloud looks like a team thinks domestic abuse is a small crime. Remember this is a business, aging legends get traded at a drop’s notice from franchises where they spent 15 years with, “support” is not about believing in a person’s innocence, it’s about wins.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      js, referring to Patrick Roy as a wife beater would seem to be wrong. In 2000 he was arrested after a domestic dispute with his wife, but there was evidence only of his damaging doors in their house, not of striking her. The case was dismissed. Not guilty. They divorced. He seems to have anger issues, but I know of no case of him hitting a woman.

      • jspeed71 - Nov 2, 2013 at 6:42 PM

        Fair enough. That was unfair to use that characterization but I think many people think that there was more going on in that marriage than broken door frames. Roy’s wife at that time was clearly scared of him… and as I recall the broken door was because she locked herself in a room to get away from him (and when he started breaking the door she wisely called the police… if he got in without her making the call my guess she would have been attacked).

        Anyway, your point is taken. He was never convicted of a domestic abuse charge but the perception is also a reality: most husbands would not break down a locked door that his wife is behind just to have a conversation.

  10. joey4id - Nov 2, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    it took a lot of character for this team to win on the road following the distractions of the alleged domestic violence by one of their own. I’m sure some guys had to put aside their personal views, and hold their judgement of Varlamov.

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