It was announced Thursday, October 30th, that Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov will spend the night in jail on second-degree kidnapping charges and third-degree assault charges. If you want to know more about Varlamov you can find out all available info by following Ryan Parker of the Denver Post whose Twitter handle is @ryanparkerdp.
In regards to Varlamov, no one really knows what will happen next. But the Colorado Avalanche are still a 10-1-0 hockey club with a plan to make the playoffs and possibly challenge for a Stanley Cup. While one Avs goaltender endures a Thursday morning trial, the other will need to prepare for a heightened role between the pipes for the Central Division’s top team.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere has been around the block. Conn Smythe winner in 03′, Stanley Cup winner in 07′ – the Avalanche will miss Varlamov for an undisclosed amount of time, however, they can feel reassured knowing their other goalie is pretty good.
Giguere has played three games this season for the Avs. He’s been lights-out in each performance, accumulating 3 wins, a 0.981 save percentage, 0.67 goals against average, 2 shutouts, and only 2 goals against. His stats are incredible but his body of work is tiny in 2013-14.
Over the next undisclosed period of time Giguere may be forced to step up and play a more significant role with the Avalanche while the Varlamov situation is sorted.
Tonight’s developments throw a wrench in the Avs season, yet, with the veteran goaltender lying in wait, there is a chance for effective damage control that could prevent an on-ice debacle from taking place.
Over the next 24 hours we will find out much more about exactly how large a role Giguere will be forced to play over the next stretch of Avalanche hockey games. Regardless of what happens with Varlamov, at least there is solace in the fact that Jiggy can get the job done.