Off the Record (OTR)

Varlamov finished for the season

Colorado Avalanch goalie Semyon Varlamov has missed 12 of the team’s last 18 games with a groin injury. Surely, that’s had something to do with his dreadful season, where he has a 3.38 GAA and .898 save percentage that just isn’t helping the piss-poor Avalanche. They are at the bottom of the Western Conference and not going anywhere fast.

On Wednesday, head coach Jared Bednar hinted that surgery could be an option for Varlamov.

“We can’t put him in the net if it’s just going to be temporary, short-term [solutions]. So we have to come up with a way to make sure he’s either playing, or he’s doing the right things so he is put in a position to be able to play a lot of games,” he said. “I would say that [surgery] could be an option, yes.”

And it is. Today, the Avalanche announced that Varlamov will have hip/groin surgery and miss the remainder of the season. Because, why not?

So, fellow goalies Calvin Pickard and Spencer Martin will pick up the slack and fill in for the injured goalie Varlamov the rest of the way. Not that any of this matters.

Still, the fact remains, that Varlamov is better off having surgery than kidnapping and stomping his girlfriend.

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