Thursday, January 26, 2017

Varlamov Has Undergone Successful Hip Surgery

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov has undergone a successful hip surgery, reports the Denver Post.

Here's Avs' GM Joe Sakic, per the Denver Post:

“[Varlamov] has been dealing with groin and hip issues for some time now.” He added, “After further evaluation from our team doctors, it was determined that the best road to recovery was surgery. Doing this procedure at this time ensures that Semyon will be fully healthy for the start of training camp.”

The 28-year-old netminder, in his sixth season with the Avalanche, has gone 6-17-0 in 23 starts for the Avs this season. In his best season with the Avalanche (2013-14), he won 41 games and produced a .927 save percentage, and was a Vezina finalist.

He had played at least 57 games in each of the three seasons prior to this. The Samara, Russia native has been dealing with many injury concerns over the past few years, however.

Varlamov has struggled mightily this season, and he has the highest GAA (3.38) in the NHL, among goalies with a minimum of 20 games played.

The teams said he is due back for next season. He is signed through 2019 with an AAV of $5.9 million.