Semyon Varlamov – You Not Beat Russian Goalie – Russian Goalie Beat You!
Goalie Semyon Varlamov has been making the sports pages lately with his great play for the Colorado Avalanche, however today he showed up on the police blotter after turning himself in to be arrested on charges related to domestic violence.
Domestic violence is a ugly enough rap but the actual charges in this case are even more frightening: 2nd degree kidnapping and 3rd degree assault of an acquaintance or family member.
The assault charge means bail is not allowed; Varlamov is going to have to cool his heels in the pokey until he appears before a judge at his preliminary hearing. Felony charges could affect his visa status, as well as his ability to travel to Canada for games. The kidnapping charge is potentially a biggie: a conviction carries a 2-6 year prison sentence.
Somewhere Mike Milbury and Don Cherry are both saying “I told you so, NEVER trust a Russian born hockey player” – It’s too pucking bad the Avalanche and Flyers never listened to Milbury and Cherry.
There’s never really a good time to beat and kidnap someone, but Varlamov has picked a particularly bad time: Jean-Sebastien Giguere has been playing out of his mind (3-0 record, 0.67 GAA, .981 save%) in the few starts he’s had this year and this opens the door to a permanent change.
Varlamov played well for the Avs in ’11-12 but stumbled badly last season and his hot start this year (7-1 record, 1.76 GAA, .945 save%) might have been his last chance to stay on top. He’s earning $3 million this year and is a restricted free agent for ’13-14.
Wish Semyon well and let’s hope he guards his 5-hole better in jail than he did here against Evgeni Malkin:
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