Now the team has announced that he’ll miss the remainder of the regular season after hip surgery.
“After further evaluation from our team doctors, it was determined that the best road to recovery was surgery,” Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said. “Doing this procedure at this time ensures that Semyon will be fully healthy for the start of training camp.”
Varlamov was injured over a week ago when his team faced the Chicago Blackhawks and he allowed five goals on 26 shots.
The 28-year-old is 6-17-0 in 23 starts, with a goals against average of 3.38 and a save percentage of .898. He’s charted one shutout.
Varlamov has been out 12 of the past 18 games due to a groin injury and has floated in and out of the team lineup.
While the injury and subsequent fallout isn’t the greatest, the silver lining is that this puts Varlamov’s worst season to rest.
As was the case before, the Avalanche will rely on the tandem of Calvin Pickard and Spencer Martin for the remainder of the season.
Pickard has already seen 21 starts this year and has gone 7-13-1, with a .906 save percentage and a 3.01 goals against average.
Martin has seen limited action in two games thus far, going 0-1-1 with a save percentage of .857 and a goals against average of 4.02. The 21-year-old is in tough on a team that frankly couldn’t be playing any worse.
The Avalanche are 13-31-2, good for last in the NHL with just 28 points. That’s eight behind the Arizona Coyotes and a full 20 points behind the 28th place Winnipeg Jets. Colorado has scored just 98 goals thus far this season and they’ve allowed 156 goals against.