What Does Semyon Varlamov's Arrest Mean For Colorado Avalanche?

By Jeff Ekiert
Semyon Varlamov
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Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov is one of the big reasons why his team is off to a 10-1-0 start in the early going. Head coach Patrick Roy will now be without his top netminder after Varlamov turned himself into police Wednesday and was arrested on domestic violence charges and kidnapping.

One of the greatest stories in hockey to this point had shifted gears in the media as Colorado transformed from the laughingstock of the NHL into the top team in the Central Division. Now it appears things will take somewhat of a downfall in Roy’s first year as coach.

The Denver police department will speak more on the incident later Wednesday night. The Colorado organization already stated they will refuse to comment further on the incident until the investigation concludes.

So far this season, Varlamov is 7-1-0 and ranks fifth in the league with a 1.76 GAA, and fourth with a .945 save percentage. A former first-round pick by the Washington Capitals, he is entering his third season with Colorado and is off to the best start of his six-year career. Roy will now turn to his backup Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who is a perfect 3-0-0 with a pair of shutouts this season.

The Avalanche are off to their first 10-1-0 start in team history, but are in a tight race thus far in a division that includes the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues and the Minnesota Wild.

Jeff Ekiert is the Pittsburgh Penguins’/NHL beat writer for RantSports.com. Like him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @jmekiert or add him to your Google account.

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