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Five notable numbers from Semyon Varlamov’s spectacular season

Aug 7, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

Tyson Barrie, Semyon Varlamov AP

9 — The number of NHL general managers who thought Semyon Varlamov deserved to win the Vezina Trophy. Unfortunately for him, 16 thought Tuukka Rask deserved it, so the award went to the Bruins’ excellent netminder. But Varlamov finished a close second in the voting, well in front of the other finalist, Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop.

1,867 — The number of saves Varlamov made in 2013-14. That was the most of any NHL goalie, and significantly more than Rask (1,526), who played behind a Boston team that gave up fewer shots on average (29.1) than Colorado (32.7).

6 — The number of times Varlamov stopped 40 shots or more and the Avs won the game. The 26-year-old’s highest save total in a victory was 47, in a 3-2 win over San Jose on Mar. 29. Rask, by comparison, stopped 40 or more shots in two Boston victories last season.

.927 — Varlamov’s save percentage. Among goalies who started more than 30 games, only Rask (.930) stopped a higher percentage of the shots he faced. Varlamov did have a .924 save percentage in 2010-11 with the Washington Capitals, but he only started 25 games that season, compared to 60 this past season.

$5.9 million — The cap hit of Varlamov’s new contract, which he signed in January and runs through 2018-19. Per CapGeek, there are now only seven goalies with a higher cap hit than Varlamov’s.


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  1. patthehockeyfan - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Phew! Some numbers!

    I’m not sure which statistic impressed me the most. Stopping 40 or more shots 6 times and the Avs won the game, or 1,867 saves in one season. Only Kari Lehtonen and Ryan Miller came close with 1,735 and 1,731 respectively. Varmalov should sue the Avs for non-support. The man’s a beast.

  2. timbo1986 - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    1 – Number of females allegedly beaten during the season.

    • i1theinternet - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:25 PM


      • timbo1986 - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:25 PM

        Yep.. that’s why I wrote “allegedly”

    • thegloriouspast - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      comment of the year.

      • getadealdonealready - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:32 PM

        0 = chances of repeating that type of season

        Avs should be able to score, but with no changes to the D core I don’t anticipate the same type of year se saw from them last year.

  3. hockey412 - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Hard to believe the Vezina Trophy voting was that far apart (from Rask). I’m in the Varlamov camp, no disrespect to Rask.

  4. antkowiak666 - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    East coast bias!?

    • killerpgh - Aug 7, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      The Vezina is voted on by the 30 NHL GM’s. I’m not buying the East coast bias when the award is voted on by only 30 people who are spend out coast to coast of 2 countries.

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