Posts Tagged Semyon Varlamov

NHL Rumors: Capitals, Panthers, Jets and Sabres

  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: The Capitals already have $58.4 million committed to 21 players for next season. They only have three players who saw regular action this past season that will be UFAs. Mikhail Grabovski is reportedly looking for three or four deal in the $5 million range. Whoever is the GM and coach next season will have to determine if they feel Evgeny Kuznetsov is ready for the second line center roll. If not, they may look to someone like Grabovski to fill that roll.

    It doesn’t seem likely that Jaroslav Halak will be back with the Capitals, though he is open to returning.

    “We have a really good group of guys over here, I came here to make the playoffs and obviously we didn’t make it,” Halak said. “I’ve got unfinished business here and I wouldn’t be against coming back so we’ll see what the future brings.”

    It’s unlikely that Dustin Penner will be back with the Capitals.

  • Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: Panthers GM Dale Tallon:

    “I’m disappointed in the year; I’m disappointed in a lot of things,” Tallon said. “I’m moving forward. We’re going to fix it. We’ve got great support now from [owner] Vinnie Viola and we’re going to move forward and add the pieces to help these kids get to the level that we need to get them to.”

    Tallon wants to add two veteran defenseman by the draft. He’s hoping to sign at least five veteran free agents, including a “sniper” to aid their power-play. He will tender qualifying offers to Dmitry Kulikov, Dylan Olsen, Brandon Pirri and Jimmy Hayes.

  • John Feinstein of the Washington Post: Two summers ago the Blue Jackets were looking to move Rick Nash. Nash went to Rangers for three reasonably good players. The Capitals had plenty of those and an extra first round pick from the Semyon Varlamov trade. Nash had six years and $62 million remaining on his contract. Caps owner Ted Leonsis didn’t want to spend the money.
  • Winnipeg Jets: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff: ”Yes. Ondrej Pavelec is the number one goaltender going into next season.”
  • Winnipeg Jets: Kevin Cheveldayoff: ”We still believe there’s room for us to improve at forward… Some of it might have to come from a trade.”
  • Jimmy Murphy: “People still doubt my source that told me prior to Olympics Habs and Devils were talking Gionta & 2nd rd pk was offered? He’s worth more!”
  • Hope Smoke: Sabres GM Tim Murray: ”At the trade deadline I did suggest a deal with Bryan and it just didn’t work out. I think we both have the ability to make a deal” … ”We may still end up making that same trade down the line.” …”Bryan may have won that trade off the bat because he was getting a guy who could make an impact right away…” … ”…whereas down the road when he’s drinking a beer three or four years later these couple of players would be good for me”
  • Hope Smoke: Tim Murray: ”I would love two top 6 picks this year. That would push us farther in the rebuild I have no idea what the Isles are going to do”

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Morning Hits: Halak, Awards, Niemi, Playoffs Streaks and Starting Goalies

  • Renaud Lavoie: Jaroslav Halak’s agent Allen Walsh: ”Jaro never at anytime said he didn’t want to start against St. Louis. A private conversation between a player and coach should stay private and not be discussed with the media. I am bewildered that a coach would break that trust especially when those comments the coach publicly attributed to Jaro are not accurate. It’s the coach who makes the decision on who plays in the games, not the players.”
  • Bob McKenzie: Coaching survey continued. 16 coaches responding to Hart, Vezina and Norris awards. “Hart: Crosby unanimous, 16 for 16. ANA’s Getzlaf clear runner up, PHI’s Giroux 3rd. No one else close tho Pavelski, Rask, Chara mentioned. Vezina: BOS’s Rask a clear No. 1 (10 for 16) with COL’s Varlamov solid 2nd. MTL’s Price and TB’s Bishop in virtual dead heat for 3rd spot. Norris: Most hotly contested award. CHI’s Keith No. 1, appearing on 13 of 16 ballots with a high of five 1st place votes. BOS’s Chara (four 1st place votes) and NSH’s Weber (three 1st place votes) were virtually tied in voting points behind Keith. NYR McDonagh, MIN Suter, STL Pietrangelo and LA Doughty also got one first-place vote each to place 4th thru 7th with OTT Karlsson at 8th.”
  • Kevin Kurz: When asked if Antti Niemi is Sharks guy going into the playoffs, coach McLellan said: “Nemo is one of our guys going into the playoffs.”
  • Aaron Vickers: The Flames tied an NHL record by having their 49th one goal game last night. Tied with the 2010-11 Panthers.
  • Mike Morreale: Consecutive playoff seasons: Bruins 29, Blackhawks 28; Blues 25; Canadiens 24; Red Wings 23.
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres Ted Nolan confirms that Matt Hackett will start their final three games.
  • Devils PR: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Devils tonight.
  • Jim Cerny: Henrik Lundqvist will start in net for the Rangers tonight.
  • Lou Korac: Ryan Miller will start in net for the Blues tonight.

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Morning Hits: NHL Accounting, HHOF, Selanne Offer Sheet, Top Scorers and Varlamov

  • Bob McKenzie: “NHL and NHLPA yesterday officially signed off on final accounting of 2012-13 season, when clubs overspent cap by about $265M. So each NHL club will soon get more than $5M from the NHLPA escrow fund. They’ve known for awhile they getting it, but it’s now official.”
  • Chris JohnstonBobby Clarke, David Poile and Luc Robitaille are replacing Pat Quinn, Jim Gregory and Serge Savard on the Hockey Hall of Fame’s selection committee.
  • Aaron Vickers: In 1992 the Flames signed Teemu Selanne to an offer that was about $1.5 million more than the Jets offered him. Selanne remembering: “Absolutely, all the time. It’s funny how things work. I remember that day. I have a lot of respect for that, that they wanted me. Things happen for a reason but it’s still fun to think about that, if they wouldn’t, how life would’ve been.”
  • Dobber Hockey: Quick Numbers: “Of the Top 32 scorers before the break, 27 of them played in Olympics. Of Top 32 since break, 18 played in Sochi.”
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Semyon Varlamov will start tonight and Saturday.

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Morning Hits: Chara, Varlamov, McCarthy, Kennedy and Shore

  • Joe Haggerty: The Bruins confirm that Zdeno Chara will miss this final two pre-Olympic games so that he can carry the Slovakian flag during the Olympic opening ceremonies.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Avs Semyon Varlamov’s contract details: $6.25 million 2014-15, $6 million 2015-16, $6 million 2016-17, $5.75 million 2017-18 and $5.5 million 2018-19. He doesn’t have a no-trade or no-movement clause.
  • Kevin Kurz: Sharks John McCarthy clears waivers and is assigned to the AHL.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Tim Kennedy cleared waivers but he remains with the team.
  • Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers send Drew Shore to the AHL as Aleksander Barkov returned to the lineup.

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The Avalanche Sign Semyon Varlamov to Contract Extension

The Colorado Avalanche have signed goaltender Semyon Varlamov to a five-year contract extension worth $29.5 million, a $5.9 million salary cap hit.

The 25-year old Varlamov was drafted 23rd overall in the 2006 draft by the Capitals. He carries a $2,833,333 cap hit this season.

“Undoubtedly, Semyon has been an impact player for us this season,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic. “At only 25 years old, he is entering the prime years of his career and he wants to be part of this franchise moving forward. We are very excited to have come to terms with him and the fact that he has agreed to a five-year extension demonstrates his commitment to the Avalanche and what we’re trying to accomplish.”

Do you think it is a good deal for the Avalanche, Varlamov or both?

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Morning Hits: Forensic Investigation, Bieksa, Katz, Starting Goalies and Recalls

  • Ken Warren: Bob McKenzie is saying that Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and GM Bryan Murray were in New York  to meet with the NHL about Melnyk’s forensic investigation on Erik Karlsson’s Achilles injury last season that was caused by a Matt Cooke hit.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”Melnyk has been up front the entire time that he believes Cooke injured Karlsson intentionally and that he will prove it” …  ”I have no idea how Melnyk plans on doing so”
  • Michael Russo: Source saying that whatever happened in the meeting with the league, it will not affect Matt Cooke or the Wild.
  • Calgary Flames: Brian Burke: “I am perplexed by this fine. I stand behind Bob Hartley completely in this regard and remain confident that he acted properly in every aspect of this game.”
  • Mark Spector: Canucks Kevin Bieksa will not face supplementary discipline for his role in Saturday’s hallway incident between John Tortorella and the Flames.
  • Edmonton Oilers: Part of Oilers owner, Daryl Katz’s letter to fans:

    To Oilers Fans Everywhere:

    We all thought this was going to be the year the Oilers turned the corner. Obviously, that hasn’t happened, and it hurts. It’s frustrating – for all of us. For our fans, for our players and staff, and for everyone in our community who shares a common bond around a game, a team and a city that we love.

    I know this will almost certainly be the eighth consecutive year since we made the playoffs. I hate that fact as much as anyone, but the reality is that this is only year four of the rebuild that started when we drafted Taylor Hall. The good news, if you can call it that, is that other teams that committed to fundamental rebuilds went through the same kind of droughts over the same kind of time frames, or longer. That doesn’t make it fun for anyone; it just means we have to stay the course.

  • Rich Chere: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Devils against the Blues.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Avs Semyon Varlamov will start tonight and on Friday. J.S. Giguere will start on Saturday.
  • Wayne scanlan: The Senators recall Stephane Da Costa from the AHL to replace the injured Mark Stone.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Canadiens recall Louis Leblanc from the AHL.

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Morning Hits: Red Wings, Jaskin, Starting Goalies and a Blackhawks Christmas Video

  • Helene St. James: Gustav Nyquist is ready to return to the Red Wings lineup. Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm might be as well. They’ll have to decide today who will have to be returned to the AHL.
  • Brian Hamilton: Antti Raanta will start in net for the Blackhawks tonight. Corey Crawford is “not that far away” from returning.
  • Adrian Dater: Semyon Varlamov will start in net for the Avalanche.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Scott Clemmensen will start in net for the Panthers.
  • James Emery: Reto Berra will start in net for the Flames.
  • Don Brennan: Craig Anderson will start in net for the Senators.
  • Blackhawks Christmas

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Morning Rumors and Notes with an Ugly Hockey Christmas Jersey

  • Chris Johnston of SportsNet: Senators president Cyril Leeder admitted they are having some challenges. Attendance is down and there is some talk in the industry that GM Bryan Murray might have to cut salary if the losing continues. The Senators are currently $8 million below the cap ceiling. Leeder differs,

    “I don’t see any scenario where (that will happen),” says Leeder. “I’ve been here for all 23 years and our payroll has gone up every year. When you retool you’re going to dip a little bit, but we’re where we thought we’d be — we’ve got to have a payroll that’s consistent with the age of our players as well.We need to have room to grow to keep those guys over time.”

  • James O’Brien: “Jim Rutherford won’t trade Cam Ward because that would be a bold decision and bold decisions aren’t welcome in Caroliner.”
  • Sadie Gurman of the Denver Post: Avalanche’s Semyon Varlamov has had his domestic violence case dropped as “they couldn’t prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.”

    “Most of the time, additional investigation strengthens our case. This time … it became clear we didn’t have a belief we could prove it beyond a reasonable doubt.”

  • John Shannon: Bruins Shawn Thornton’s hearing started around 9:00 am yesterday morning and ended around 2:00 pm. A decision could come on Monday.
  • ESPN Chicago: Blackhawks Jason LaBarbera expected to be moved: ”I figured something would happen, but I didn’t know how, when, where, why, who.”
  • Toledo Walleye’s Christmas jersey that they will wear on Dec. 28th.

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Morning Hits: Rogers Acquires Exclusive Rights, 10 Sue NHL, Varlamov, Hossa, Beem and Phaneuf

  • SportsNet: Rogers has acquired the exclusive broadcasting rights to every NHL game in Canada for $5.2 billion for 12 years, starting next season.

    The deal—the largest of its kind in NHL history—also includes the NHL Centre Ice and NHL Game Centre Live properties, as well as rights to the All-Star Game and the NHL Draft. This is the first time a major league in North America has made such a long-term commitment to a single company.

    Rogers sub-licensed CBC for Hockey Night in Canada and TVA for French broadcasts. The NHL Board of Governors will vote on it in December.

  • Nick Cotsonika: Deal basically works out to $7.2 million per year per team. (Total, divided by players share, by 30 then by 12)
  • Jason Brough of Pro Hockey Talk: From the AP:

    Ten former National Hockey League players are claiming in a class-action lawsuit that the league hasn’t done enough to protect players from concussions.

    The lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court in Washington, seeks damages to be determined at trial. The players are also seeking court-approved medical monitoring for their brain trauma and/or injuries, which they blame on their NHL careers.

    The ex-hockey players claim that the NHL purposely concealed the risks of brain injuries faced by players, exposing them to unnecessary dangers.

  • Melowens.com: Document for the players suing the NHL. Class action complaint filed in the US District court for the District of Columbia.
  • Yahoo Sports NHL: NHL deputy commish Bill Daly statement: “We are aware of the class action lawsuit filed today in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of a group of former NHL Players. While the subject matter is very serious, we are completely satisfied with the responsible manner in which the League and the Players’ Association have managed Player safety over time, including with respect to head injuries and concussions. We intend to defend the case vigorously and have no further comment at this time.”
  • Nick Cotsonika: Players that are named in the suit are: Gary Leeman, Brad Aitken, Darren Banks, Curt Bennett, Richard Dunn, Warren Holmes, Bob Manno, Blair Stewart, Morris Titanic and Rick Vaive.
  • Allan Walsh: Some key questions: “1. Did the NHL (and their doctors) know that repeated blows to the head could result in impaired brain function? 2. Did the NHL properly inform players of the risks from repeated blows to the head? A player may receive 1000 separate blows per season. 3. How many former players, apart from than the original 10 will seek to join this class action lawsuit?”
  • Colorado Avalanche: Semyon Varlamov will start on Wednesday and Saturday, J.S. will start in Minnesota.
  • Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune: Blackhawks Michal Handzus returned to the lineup last night after missing 14 games with an upper-body injury. Marian Hossa missed his second straight game due to a family matter. He’ll rejoin the team for Wednesday’s game.
  • Kristen Odland: The Flames have recalled defenseman Chris Breen from the AHL. He had been on a conditioning stint.
  • Josh Rimer: Has been told that the NHL looked at Dion Phaneuf’s hit and deemed it clean.

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Morning Hits: Top of the Draft, Brunner, Jagr and Varlamov

  • Corey Pronman: Several executives think that the top end of the 2014 draft is not as strong at the top of the 2013 draft, which is not that much of a surprise.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Damian Brunner was a healthy scratch last night.
  • Rich Chere: Jaromir Jagr isn’t ruling out playing in the 2018 Olympics at the age of 46.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avs Semyon Varlamov is not thinking about whether he’ll be charged with domestic abuse and kidnapping.

    “Believe me, I don’t think about the situation anymore,” Varlamov said Wednesday. “I have lots of things to do. I have a lot of friends in town, some good Russian friends too. My job is not easy, and I have to stay focused on my job.”

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Morning Hits: GM Meetings, Hejduk, Hockey Canada, Colaiacovo, Brown, Varlamov, Zadorov, Rupp and Ballard

  • John Shannon: Talk that some GMs are proposing a tweak to the playoff format. More division rivalries than cross-overs.  Darren Dreger: Bullying, coaches fines, additional video review, hybrid icing, extending OT to 10 minutes, protective equipment and team’s ability to have players where them (mandatory shotblockers) are also being discussed. Renaud Lavoie: The PA and BOG approved the current realignment and playoff structure for three years.
  • Igor Eronko: Milan Hejduk said he’s finally ready to retire, official announcement coming soon.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN: “hockey Canada management may now shift to looking at Patrick Sharp or Tyler Seguin in place of Stamkos”
  • Jeremy Rutherford: The Blues have signed defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo to a one-year, one-way deal worth $550,000.  Will get a $66,000 bonus if he plays in 70% of their remaining games, another $66,000 for 80% and another $66,000 for 90% of their games.
  • Erik Erlendsson: The Lightning have recalled JT Brown and Dmitry Korobov.
  • Chris Nichols: Avalanche’s Semyon Varlamov has retained a new lawyer according to the Denver Post. Bond return date has been extended to December 2nd, so he is still able to travel with the team.
  • WGR 550: Sabres coach Ron Rolston said they haven’t made up their mind on whether to keep Nikita Zadorov up or return him to junior.
  • Minnesota Wild: The Wild assign Mike Rupp to the AHL on a conditioning loan. Keith Ballard was put on the IR.

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Morning Hits: Emery, Kaleta, Varlamov, Barch, Schenn, All-Star Game and JVR

  • Nick Cotsonika: Flyers Ray Emery will not receive any supplementary discipline for his fight with Braden Holtby as he didn’t break any rules according the rule book. Emery’s actions were involved with the aggressor rule, but you need to be an aggressor three times in a season before a player gets a two-game suspension. Dejan Kovacevic: Gary Bettman can suspend or fine player at his discretion. In the labor agreement.
  • Eric Macramalla: Semyon Varlamov’s pending criminal charges may keep him out of Canada for the Avs game on Dec. 5th against the Oilers. He may need to get a special permit to enter the country.
  • John Vogl: The Sabres have brought in Randy Cunneyworth to work on their scouting staff.
  • Krys Barch: ” I would rather break my nose and continue to play then break my hand and miss two months!!!” … Barch asked why a company could not make a clip off visor.
  • Bill Meltzer: Luke Schenn was a healthy scratch last night.
  • NHL on TSN: The Blue Jackets will host the 2015 NHL All-Star game.
  • James Mirtle: Wonders if the Leafs will move James van Riemsdyk to center due to their injuries.

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