Caps Trade Goalie Semyon Varlamov

By Sky Kerstein

The Caps moves on the first day of free agency continue, they have traded the rights to goalie Semyon Varlamov to the Colorado Avalanche for the Avalanche’s 2012 first round pick and either a 2012 or 2013 second round pick.  In 27 games last season, Varlamov 11-9-5 with a career best 2.23 GAA and a .924 Save pct.  Varlamov didn’t play in the Caps nine playoff games last year, but in 19 career playoff games he went 10-9 with a 2.49 GAA and .915 Save pct.

Varlamov, who has had multiple groin issues and knee issues throughout his career, has threatened to go to the KHL and Varlamov’s Russian agent said Varlamov would go to the KHL next season and blamed his injuries on the Capitals doctors.  Varlamov is only 23 years old and now will bypass the KHL for the NHL next season.  TSN is reporting Varlamov has signed a two year, 5.5 million dollar contract with the Avalanche.

The Avalanche were 30-44-8, 68 points last season which was good enough for the second worst record in the NHL.

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