Colorado Avalanche: Semyon Varlamov controversy not slowing down the Avs

Semyon Varlamov as a member of the Washington Capitals at the Winter Classic. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Semyon Varlamov as a member of the Washington Capitals at the Winter Classic. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

On October 30th, the hockey world was shocked upon hearing that Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov would be spending the night in a Denver jail facing assault and kidnapping charges. The following morning, the Avs goaltender was released on bail, free to rejoin his club. Since the news of Varlamov’s alleged assault he has remained with the big club and continued to play games.

The Avalanche do not seem phased by the Varlamov distraction. They have won 4 of 5 games since their goaltender spent the night in prison, and in three of those games the Russian netminder was between the pipes. Since spending an evening in jail, Varlamov is 2-1-0.

Varlamov’s arrest has sparked rumours suggesting it was a ploy to weaken the Russian National team at the Olympics which begin February 7th, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Russian parliamentarian Igor Ananskikh told reporters:

“I think it is a sports and political move, as Varlamov is a candidate for the Russian national team. The main goal is to suspend him from training and games so that he loses practice and misses the Olympics.”

Quote courtesy of TSN. Read full article here.

The Colorado Avalanche keep on winning despite the negative attention surrounding the club’s number one goaltender. Their record after 16 games is an unfathomable 14-2-0, placing them tied for first in the Central Division standings with the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. The Avs are enjoying the best start in franchise history – a noteworthy accomplishment considering some of the great teams to have played for the franchise in years past.