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Varlamov expected to talk after tonight’s game

Nov 1, 2013, 2:36 PM EST

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Yesterday, we heard one side of the Semyon Varlamov story. Could we hear the other tonight in Dallas after the Avalanche play the Stars?

From the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater:

Varly, as is standard operating procedure for a goalie playing that night, did not talk to the media. But I’ve been assured he will talk after the game tonight and will not be precluded from saying anything he wants. We’ll see how that goes.

The decision by Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy to start Varlamov tonight has raised quite a few eyebrows, but the club is apparently sticking by its 25-year-old netminder.

“I just feel it’s the right decision,” Roy said. “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].”

Related:

Varlamov bond set at $5,000; Avs goalie given permission to travel

Click here to read the arrest warrant.

  1. ibieiniid - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    I like that Roy stressed “as a goalie.” I get that you don’t want to set the example of “beat your wives, it’s ok if you’re good in net,” but at the same time, you’re paying this guy regardless. If you don’t play him but pay him, AND he beat his wife, what kind of message does THAT send? IMO, it’s worse than the one if you play him.

    • polegojim - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      Abuse is wrong… ESP male against a much weaker female. It’s disgusting.

      But you’re getting too righteous on this one IBIE…

      Nothing has been established yet… and being a goalie is his JOB – his employer depends on his services.

      If a guy who works for any other company gets arrested for the same, they expect him to show up for work and do his job, until there is sufficient proof of disqualification… or incarceration of course.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:23 PM

        that’s what I’m arguing isn’t it?

      • ibieiniid - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        that’s at least what I meant to argue. I like that Roy said “as a goalie” because that’s what he is to the Avs, a goalie. I think he should play, because they’re paying him to do so, not to be a good person. maybe you just said it clearer than I did.

      • polegojim - Nov 3, 2013 at 12:29 AM

        Sorry IBIE… guess I misunderstood your point.

  2. hockeyflow33 - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    If his lawyer lets him talk about the arrest he should be fired immediately.

    • hockeydon10 - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      Yeah. Anything other that some variation of, “There is an ongoing investigation. I can not speak about this situation while this is happening. I appreciate all the support that has been shown. Now, about tonight’s game…”

  3. ahs2 - Nov 1, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    My wife’s Russian and has been following this VERY closely as she’s an Avalance fan and the news is especially huge back in Russia, especially since he would be the starting goalie for the Russian Olympic team. There’s A LOT more to this than the American audience knows (coming out of Russia where this woman actually lives) and it’s in Varly’s favor…so I would hope instead of jumping to conclusions, allow the truth to come out before stringing this guy up.

    • skr213 - Nov 1, 2013 at 7:56 PM

      The truth? From Russian media. Oh man, thank you for a nice Friday evening laugh.

    • soj83 - Nov 1, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      Some reports out of Denver are that it isn’t a coincidence that Downie was traded right after this. You guys are adults and do the math.

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