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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
They should have left Semyon Varlamov in Denver and also kept him out of uniform for Saturday’s home game against the Montreal Canadiens.
They should have let everyone — including Varlamov — take a breath after the troubling, shocking and disconcerting events of Wednesday and Thursday. Whether that means starting Jean-Sebastien Giguere in the net both nights or throwing the Lake Erie callup into the fire against Dallas on Friday night and then coming back with Giguere Saturday, that would have been a better way to react.
Then the Avalanche could have re-evaluated the entire situation on Sunday or Monday, when at least some of the emotionalism had dissipated.
Instead, Varlamov went virtually straight from Denver District Court to the Denver International Airport area to join his teammates for the flight to Dallas, and barring a change of plans, he will at least be on the bench as Giguere’s backup Friday.
I don’t want to either make this a “hockey” issue or pander to those who want to assume the worst — or believe the worst — about Varlamov and the allegations.
But as relatively unimportant as this is, on the hockey front, do you want a man in your net (or even on the bench, available to be potentially summoned) who has just come from spending a night in jail and who obviously has every reason to not exactly be at the top of his game mentally?
Adrain Dater of the Denver Post answers some emails,,,
What will it take for the Avs to sell out Pepsi Center again? I have season tickets, and it's discouraging to see so many empty seats. Patrick Roy is really trying to reach out to the fans, and there doesn't seem to be full buy-in yet from the public.
Nope, it's not there yet. Last Sunday's game against Winnipeg was a pretty big disappointment attendance-wise. When you had seemingly as many fans from Winnipeg in the stands making as much or more noise than for a home team that came in 9-1 is, well, kind of embarrassing.
Avs fans need to put up or shut up eventually. They've cried about not having a winner, and that's why they don't show up. Well, the team is winning again, and they have a legend as the head coach leading the way, and yet they can't make more noise than people from Winnipeg? And, the number of Red Wings fans again in the stands for their game earlier this month was pretty sorry to see too.
I do think there is a lag on these things, and the fans will come back. But time is running short for Avs fans and their excuses for not supporting the team.
more Q & A
Wednesday, an NHL spokesman said, "The League is aware of the situation involving Semyon Varlamov. We will not comment unless or until we have a fuller understanding of all of the facts and circumstances related to the legal charges that have been filed."
more on the case...
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired forward Maxime Talbot from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Steve Downie.
Talbot, 29, has appeared in all 11 games for the Flyers this year, tallying a goal and one assist. A native of Lemoyne, Quebec, Talbot has recorded 77 goals and 77 assists for 154 points in 515 career games between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. He has also skated in 77 career playoff games, totaling 39 points (18g/21a).
“Maxime is a veteran forward who has won a Stanley Cup and has a lot of NHL experience,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic. “We look forward to him bringing that experience to our club.”
“I’m confident of Semyon’s innocence. I think it is 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.”
-State Duma deputy Igor Ananskikh, a member of Russia's most outspoken nationalist party, LDPR. A bit more at RSport.
added 8:30am, from Sport-Express (translated),
While the formal procedures were performed premises Varlamov in a prison cell business beginning to grow into the first details. It was learned that the statement made by the Russian goalkeeper girl, composed with him in "intimate relations."Name the possible victim was not called for a while, until the news has not appeared interview her attorney Robert Abrams, who presented the position of his client.
- Varlamov pushed the girl, she hit the wall. She informed me that the defendant was in a state of intoxication. In the end, the girl was taken to the hospital. After the injuries Ivy was hospitalized. Can you imagine that - a professional athlete weighing 95 kg against petite girl growth of 160 cm and a weight of 45 kg?
Abrams also said that her name is Ivy, but did not mention any name, any kind of activity.
- Evie says that Varlamov is not the first time applied to her physical strength. But this time, her patience snapped. She just told me that we put him in jail.
Ivey, according to ITAR-TASS, was model Eugenia Vavrinyuk that Varlamov with a long-standing relationship. Yesterday at 10:40 Moscow time she had left on the social network the following message:
- If a man raised his hand - he will repeat it. And no amount of persuasion and his oath should not dissuade women in it.Part with these men need not feel sorry for them! Giving men the last chance - it means to sign a verdict on repeat. "
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club has issued the following statement regarding goaltender Semyon Varlamov:
"The Colorado Avalanche organization is aware of the allegations concerning Semyon Varlamov. At this time, and until the conclusion of this investigation, the Avalanche organization will have no further comment on this situation."
added 10:15 pm,
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
"My first (couple of years), if I wasn't scoring or things weren't going well, I would come to practice the next day and I would put so much pressure on myself to score. And then if I didn't, I would get down and it would carry on to the next day," Duchene said. "Now, if I have a slump, I just stay consistent with what works, because it will eventually work.
"Same thing on the flip side; before if I got hot, I would be so excited and on cloud nine. I may be like that now on the inside, but I don't show it."
Duchene not only changed his mind-set before last season, he changed his body. He switched to a gluten-free diet, which helped him drop weight without sacrificing muscle mass. He played well in the NHL's lockout-shortened season and was rewarded this past offseason with a five-year, $30 million contract extension that will kick in next season. While he was happy with his growth on the ice, he was still miserable much of the time. Losing does that.
He also wasn't happy playing for Sacco. At the time, he kept his opinions to himself. But no more.
"There were very few people in this (dressing) room who were happy. Our style of play, it wasn't right for this team. We knew it would fail," Duchene said. "That was the hard part. We knew (any) success was going to be short-lived. It was hard to really be excited about it. For myself, it was really hard to look at what we were doing and think it would keep on working. I can honestly say now, it's not like that."
If you missed some of the great plays from Friday night, here they are via the NHL Network...
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
Is this for real?
“We’re trying to surprise the world of hockey,” Roy proclaimed after his team improved to 8-1-0 with Monday’s 1-0 victory over Pittsburgh.
“I’m sure the guys are having a lot of fun because it’s so positive around the team. Everybody is talking about our team and it’s something that I think we all enjoy.”
You can’t miss the feeling of excitement when you walk into Colorado’s dressing room. It’s as though a massive weight has been lifted. There were plenty of whispers last season about how dysfunctional things became under previous coach Joe Sacco and the players have essentially started acknowledging that fact now.
Roy’s arrival seems to have come at exactly the right moment for this young core group. The Hall of Fame goaltender is unafraid to let his players have some fun at the rink provided that they remain even keel and business-like no matter the result – a challenge that will only grow if the wins keep coming.
The Malik Report has the video explanation of the McLeod suspension.
Some people were mentioning 3-4 games so the 5 games may be a litle higher than what was expected.
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