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Varlamov: ‘I don’t think about the situation anymore’

Nov 21, 2013, 11:23 AM EDT

Goalie Semyon Varlamov #1 of the Colorado Avalanche prepares to face the Nashville Predators at Pepsi Center on October 4, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Predators 3-1.
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Semyon Varlamov says he’s focused on hockey, not his personal life.

Waiting to hear if he’ll be charged following his arrest on allegations of domestic abuse and kidnapping, Varlamov told the Denver Post on Wednesday he doesn’t think about the issues swirling over his head.

“Believe me, I don’t think about the situation anymore,” the Avs goalie explained. “I have lots of things to do. I have a lot of friends in town, some good Russian friends too.”

Whether it’s related to the arrest or not, Varlamov has struggled since being detained overnight on Oct. 30. His numbers since the arrest — 3-4-0, .912 save percentage, 2.73 GAA — are OK, but way off his stellar opening month statistics, when he went 7-1-0 with a 1.76 GAA and .945 save percentage.

Some of this, obviously, is regressing to the mean. There was little chance Varlamov would run the table with a sub-.200 GAA and a save percentage over .940, and the Avs were bound to come back to earth after starting the season 12-1-0.

But it will be interesting to see how the situation unfolds from here. Varlamov was outstanding in his last start, stopping 36 of 37 shots in a 5-1 win over the defending Cup champion Blackhawks, and his personal issues will come to a head soon as the Denver District Attorney has until Dec. 2 to press charges.

Until then, Varlamov says he’s going to put all his attention into playing hockey.

“My job is not easy,” he said. “I have to stay focused on my job.”

  1. jpelle82 - Nov 21, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    well i’m sure his lawyer will make sure that if he is charged he wont face a trial or final court appearance until the season is over. even if he does, his probation or fine will be done through a plea deal and he shouldnt have to worry about missing time anyway. if you’ve got enough money you can make the system work for you. i’m sure he’s got enough people telling him confidently that he has no reason to worry right now anyway

  2. LampyB - Nov 21, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Sorry bud, you may be charged with a very serious offense. We dont take beating women lightly here and you’re going to have to face it soon. If hes found guilty he needs to be treated as any other low life in society, And should be considered a human piece of garbage at that point.

    Innocent until proven otherwise though!

    • claudegirwho - Nov 21, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      You forgot to add “we don’t take beating woman lightly…unless your in the nfl and then you can do whatever you want including killing people”

  3. muckleflugga - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    the denver district attorney is hoping the parties can come to settlement outside the courts

    based on the arrest warrant, the girlfriend is holding all the aces; domestic violence cases are complicated; she can withdraw her complaint and the district attorney would take the matter to the court with conditions

    with reconciliation, the matter would be moved to court which would need to see counselling and possible psychiatric treatment, requisite with most goalies on a good day

    without reconciliation, the girlfriend would need to see money, lots of money

    the parasite low-life lawyer scum that attach themselves to people in trouble for the sole purpose of personal enrichment will pad their billing accounts, then circle looking for another carcass to crawl over

    all will be happy…all but varlamov

    imagine, russian attitudes toward women not being deemed acceptable in a country where country clubs in the south still ban women

    the nerve!

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