The Colorado Avalanche have re-signed goaltender Semyon Varlamov to a five-year, $29.5 million contract.

Avalanche re-sign Semyon Varlamov to five-year extension.

Avalanche re-sign Semyon Varlamov to five-year extension.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: The deal is worth $5.9 million per season, representing a significant raise over his current $2.83 million per season cap hit. Varlamov was due to become a restricted free agent but the Avalanche evidently felt now was as good a time as any to get him under contract.

The 25-year-old goalie is having his best season to date, with a 26-9-5 record, 2.43 GAA and .925 SP. He’s a big reason for the Avalanche’s improvement this season. There may be some concern over signing him to such an expensive raise but the club feels he’s entering his prime and will continue to improve. If he does this could prove an affordable move by the Avs.

It’s also notable that his performance didn’t suffer during his recent legal woes involving a third-degree assault charge after he was accused of beating and threatening his girlfriend. Those charges were later dropped due to insufficient evidence.

 The Avalanche’s focus now shifts to re-signing UFA Paul Stastny and RFA Ryan O’Reilly.

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4 Responses to Avalanche Re-sign Semyon Varlamov.

  1. Aki Berg says:

    I really don’t get this signing … Going into this season wasn’t there concern if Varlomov was going to live up to his potential and be a legit number 1. Yes he’s had a good season but like Lyle says that’s a lot of money for a half seasons work… And why mid season ? He’s an rfa wait till the off season to see how he does the rest of the season plus playoffs… Also yes you want to lock him up but does he then deserve as much as the top 7 goalies in the league?? Over payment way to soon!!

    • Peterman says:

      Avs gave up two top draft picks because they realized his athleticism. Varlamov has always had the talent, but now with Allaire and Roy leading him, he’s finally got confidence and mental strength. You look at how the Avs’ previous regime bungled Craig Anderson’s situation, and here they did the opposite. With this extension, I think they hope this will boost morale going into the playoffs and hopefully the Avs can pull an upset in the first round.

    • Loch Mess says:

      It was never Varly’s problem, the Avs of the past. Sacco was never qualified to coach these talented kids. Varly had no one in front of him playing defense. He still barely does, but it is obvious under Roy and Allaire that his skills and confidence are finally exposed for all to see. 5 to 6 million for a top goaltender is what you pay in today’s NHL. Not only that, Colorado has major depth in goaltending coming up to where they can bring up their prospects at an extremely cheap price for the next five years and make the appropriate trades when they start showing that they’re NHL ready. There is no risk in this whatsoever, other than Varly losing his job to a younger prospect at some point. That doesn’t seem likely under Roy, either.

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