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The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson kicked off his last regular-season slate of Hockey World columns with individual awards picks, and his pick for the Vezina Trophy is a surprising one:
Vezina Trophy (top goalie)
1. Semyon Varlamov, Colorado.
2. Tuukka Rask, Boston
3. Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay
Had off-ice issues this year which weighed on him but very consistent work. Rask is best Finnish goalie right now, and they’ve got a full stable of good ones around the NHL. Bishop, nursing sore wrist as playoffs loom, is a six-foot-seven giant and a workhorse.
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Colorado Avalanche press release is below...
from Andrey Kuznetsov of Sport Express (Google translate),
- Now is potentially the first Olympic goalkeeper country will have time to forget everything and tidy nerves.
- Yes, Semen can safely prepare for February 2014. Plus his career in the NHL nothing more threatening. If the court, God forbid, Varlamov deported from America, a club in the KHL, he would certainly have found. But just imagine what would have been dealt a blow to the psyche, the reputation of the keeper! And now all the roads are still open. I will say more: I am sure that after this story in our hockey will be an extra incentive to show itself in all its glory goalie. At the club, and at the Sochi Olympics. Simon wants to have his name associated with people not all of these courts, and with great victories at the Olympic Games. Still, the fact that all this scandal broke, there is a small fault of the Varlamov. Theoretically, he could understand and early, with whom he was dealing.
- In one of the bard songs like Alexander Galich written about him. "A guy walks with Sema damoyu through the fog. What we say about this lady? Not fountain."
- Let this case will be a lesson for all of our guys. You need to understand people, to know that the girls are divided into good and different. Here is my paternal covenant carefully enemy does not sleep (laughs) . Damsel-then this really behaved as an enemy of the people. How can before the Sochi Olympics this venture? Would understand even if a foreigner started a scandal. But Russian girl Russian guy is trying to take a monastery. It is clear also that she does not care for the hockey team. The whole country for our national team soul hurts. And her self-interest instead of patriotism. I may now harshly criticized. But I see the same right. Indeed, the court in detail all figured out and admitted that the rights Varlamov.
from Raquel Villanueva of 9News,
The case against Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was dismissed Friday after facing a misdemeanor assault charge for allegedly attacking his girlfriend.
Varlamov, 25, charged with third-degree assault Nov. 22. The case was dismissed because prosecutors say they could not prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.
His girlfriend, 24-year-old Evgenia Vavrinyuk, says the encounter happened in late Oct. at her home in the 1700 block of Bassett Street. Vavrinyuk, had bruises consistent with a physical encounter, the police report said.
thanks to Sean Leahy for the heads-up via Twitter
added 3:53pm, via the Denver Post,
The district attorney's office on Friday morning filed a motion to dismiss the remaining misdemeanor assault charge because further investigation led prosecutors to believe they could not prove the case at trial.
"That's not to say we don't believe our victim," district attorney spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough said, adding that investigators reinterviewed witnesses whose statements began to shift. "It became clear we didn't have a belief we could prove it beyond a reasonable doubt."
from Eric Macramalla at CBS Sports,
Under Colorado criminal law, third degree assault is called a Class 1 Misdemeanor and is often charged in cases of domestic violence. To be considered third degree assault, Varlamov has to have knowingly or recklessly caused bodily injury to Vavrinyuk.
As far as prison time, if convicted, Varlamov could face up to two years in jail (and not a maximum of six months as some have reported). He would also have to attend mandatory domestic violence classes.
Since the sentence could be anywhere between zero to two years, a judge would look at a number of factors when sentencing Varlamov, including whether it's his first offense, the type of damage inflicted and whether there are surrounding circumstances that justified his action (like self-defence).
So jail is Varlamov's first concern.
The second: deportation.
Under a federal US law called the Immigration and Nationality Act, a noncitizen can be ordered deported if he or she is convicted of a crime that is listed as a "crime involving moral turpitude." One such crime is domestic violence. So a conviction on third degree assault could trigger deportation.
Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was charged with third-degree assault on Friday morning after allegedly kicking, stomping on, dragging and threatening his long-time girlfriend back in late October.
Third-degree assault is a misdemeanor.
His girlfriend, 24-year-old Evgenia Vavrinyuk, says the encounter happened on Oct. 28 at her home in the 1700 block of Bassett Street. Vavrinyuk, had bruises consistent with a physical encounter, the police report said.
from Slava Malamud of Sport-Express (translated),
I will not raise speculation and spread across the keyboard idle speculation - many have already done so. But most Varlamov I know a little closer than most of you, but because I want to say this: of all the athletes I know this one deserves the presumption of innocence is more than anyone else.
My first reaction to the news from Denver was so still and did not pass a shock. Varlamov and the prison in contact in consciousness as "harmonious" as football fans and the Grand Theatre. How many play a game in the NHL, "Wild Russian," from which one could expect whatever scandalous chronicle, but to plunge into a kind of nightmare I had the most calm, steady and serious of them all? Do not believe it. Prove....
Prove that this is not another case in which a citizen of the Russian Federation, knowing the liberal U.S. law, decided to exploit his heart's content with unscrupulous lawyer. The benefit of such cases missing. Prove that Simon, whose main sin always seemed to me too trusting, is guilty of anything more horrible. Prove that the person whose photo should not be in the police report, and an encyclopedia article on "Good Russian guy," did someone stomped their feet and stole the dead of night. Prove it to me as in America believed - "beyond a reasonable doubt." And yet - I do not believe.
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?
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...
Morning After Skate
Happy Halloween! Welcome to the morning after! A recap of the games from the night before and quick hit hockey news.
In Case You Missed It
Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins
It would take a little time but things would start to heat up between the two Eastern Conference rivals as Jarome Iginla returned to Pittsburgh with the Bruins after last seasons trade deadline drama.
Milan Lucic would draw the first penalty of the game when he interfered with Tanner Glass and gave the Penguins the first shot at a power play. It would be Chris Kunitz with a backhanded shot past Tuukka Rask to get things started.
As the intensity grew in the second period Sidney Crosby and Torey Krug would be called for coincidental roughing minors as they got into a scrap along the boards.
“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 Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail:
The Colorado Avalanche made a bold but also potentially devastating goaltending move today, acquiring Semyon Varlamov from the Washington Capitals. But what a price. The Avs surrendered a first- and a second-round pick in order to get Varlamov, who was hurt for a big part of last year and essentially lost his starting job to Michal Neuvirth with the Caps.
Colorado was 29th overall in the NHL last season and could easily be bad again next year, meaning Washington could theoretically end up with the No. 1 pick in a draft that will feature lots of high-end talent.
It is a gamble on a couple of levels…
Yesterday, the aim here was to reaffirm the realistic goal of a Southeast Division championship for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Keeping pace with the three-time defending champion Washington Capitals through 43 games was enough, at face value, to establish that. But, in shutting out the Caps for a second consecutive meeting and, really, dominating last night’s game throughout, the Lightning have taken things a step further.
The road to the Southeast Division championship goes through Tampa.
Clearly, nothing’s been settled yet. 38 games remaining games for each club – with two more against each other – dictates as much. But the tides have turned in the Lightning’s favor since the acquisition of Dwayne Roloson, who has now blanked Washington twice in a week for his new club.
The difference between being outscored 12-3 in two losses to the Capitals earlier in the year and not allowing a single goal in two since goes far beyond a goaltending upgrade.
“We were trying to play their game,” Tampa Bay head coach Guy Boucher said of the first two meetings with Washington this year, “And, to be honest with you, at their game, they’re better than us.”
“We focused a lot less on the other team (in the two wins) and a lot more on ourselves.”
In doing so, the Bolts have flipped the script on their division rivals and sit alone atop the Southeast standings.
And while Washington has struggled to find consistency during a shift in identity from the offensive dynamo they’ve been in recent years, Tampa Bay has continually improved all season long.
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Roughly half-way through the 2010-11 NHL schedule, what was once known as the “Southleast” Division is no more. The Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals and Atlanta Thrashers are all slotted in playoff position presently and the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers are just below the eight seed cut line, in ninth and tenth place, respectively.
Tampa, Washington and Atlanta comprise half of the Eastern Conference’s top-six and all five Southeast teams together make up exactly fifty percent of the East’s top-ten. That’s no small feat and certainly worthy of some commendation therefore.
Tonight, the Lightning and Capitals will focus only on each other as they meet in Washington, even in the points department, with first place in the division and the chance to match idle Philadelphia and Pittsburgh’s conference-leading 53 points on the line.
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Past the so-called “quarter pole”, 23 games into the 2010-11 season, the Tampa Bay Lightning are undoubtedly in pretty good shape. At 13-8-2 for 28 points, they rank second in the Southeast Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference and appear, at this early stage of the season, to have the makings of a team that can qualify for postseason play and, potentially, make some waves.
But, after last night’s 6-0 pasting at the hands of the division stalwart Washington Capitals, they also, undoubtedly, still have a long way to go before they can stake a legitimate claim to being an upper echelon team like their foes of a night ago.
Really, the Bolts are right where we’d thought they’d be from the start – second in the division and good enough, as they were in their first meeting with the Caps two weeks ago (a 6-3 loss), to hang with the class of the division for a time and give them somewhat of a push. But, last night, they weren’t even close, proving that, though they do have a formidable 1-2 punch in Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis to rival Alexes Ovechkin and Semin for the offensive Washington dynamo, they don’t have the firepower through and through – from up front and on the back end – to keep up with the Joneses (or the Backstroms, the Greens and so on and so forth).
Time again to a tip a few back, honoring the best of the best from last night’s NHL action:
***Cheers to Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis, whose highlight reel third period goal broke a 3-3 tie in Tampa and led the Lightning to a win over Pittsburgh by a final of 5-3. St. Louis also added an empty netter late to seal things and I’m fast becoming more and more convinced that the heart of the Bolts just keeps getting better all the time.
Today’s salute to the performances of yesternight, honoring those who shined in leading their clubs to victory:
***Cheers to Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, who is showing marked improvement early this season and who was named first star in Tampa’s 5-4 win over the visiting Dallas Stars last night. Hedman managed a pair of assists and led all skaters in ice time, sparking an offensive rush on several occasions and, most importantly, playing adept defense in his own end. It is early, as we must continue to note for all who have had fast starts, but Hedman’s growth in year two will play a major factor in the Lightning’s fortunes. So far, with few hiccups, they must be pleased. (Note: They are. Coach Guy Boucher singled Hedman out with post-game praise after the Dallas game.)
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He’s not the youngest player on the roster, nor would he be considered a shocking contributor after last season’s 21-goal, 40-point showing but Brandon Sutter is most certainly a key piece to any Carolina Hurricanes success this year and his two-goal performance in Thursday’s season-opening, 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild in Helsinki, Finland is an excellent early sign for a club hoping for a lot to go their way in 2010-11.
For the Hurricanes, banking on both young guns and sustained health and rejuvenation for several veterans who were hobbled last year, a player like Sutter, at 21, serving as an alternate captain and coming off of a breakthrough season a year ago, will play a major role in determining their fortune. So far, so good for Sutter, who played just six seconds less yesterday than Carolina captain Eric Staal and so far, so good for the ‘Canes, who dressed six players 25-and-under in the game and got production from Sutter (two goals), Zac Dalpe (assist) and Jamie McBain (assist), as well as sparkling reviews for 18-year-old forward Jeff Skinner from that group.
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Of all five Southeast Division clubs, the Washington Capitals of 2010-11 will look the most like themselves from a year ago, having added only a spattering of depth to the lineup that captured the President’s Trophy last season. Alas, as the reigning division champ and still the clear-cut class of the division, if it ain’t broke, well, you know… But a first-round playoff exit thanks to Jaroslav Halak and the Montreal Canadiens left an awful taste in the mouths of Bruce Boudreau’s squad, meaning improvements are in order this year for sure. (Or else?)
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