Goalie Semyon Varlamov missed practice on Wednesday following a poor performance on Tuesday night against the visiting Chicago Blackhawks. The team has subsequently announced that he’ll be shut down through the All-Star break.
“This is no longer a day-to-day thing,” said head coach Jared Bednar.
It appears that Varlamov was injured on Tuesday during his team’s 6-4 loss to the Blackhawks. He allowed five goals on 26 shots during that contest and the 28-year-old netminder’s record stands at 6-17-0, with a 3.38 goals against average and a .898 save percentage.
Varlamov has thus far missed 10 games due to injury, including nine games in December due to a groin injury.
According to Bednar, groin injuries have been an “ongoing problem” for his netminder.
The Avalanche will turn to goalie Calvin Pickard in Varlamov’s absence.
The 24-year-old from Moncton is 7-11-1, with a 3.06 goals against average and a .902 save percentage. His last game was a win against the New York Islanders in early January, when he allowed just a goal on 36 shots.
Spencer Martin should also be in the picture for Colorado. He’ll join the team from their AHL affiliate in San Antonio in time for Thursday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks. Bednar expects to give Martin at least one NHL start.
Word around the campfire is that the Avalanche have been shopping Varlamov as of late, which accounts for the raft of starts he’s been given.
With the trade deadline approaching, Colorado is among the league’s sellers and Varlamov’s $5.9 million cap hit would be good to move. The team wants to get something for the netminder, as the less desirable option in play is to lose him for nothing in the imminent expansion draft to the inbound Vegas Golden Knights.