Having missed the past four games for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in Russia’s KHL, some speculated Varlamov was just packing his bags for a return to the NHL.
But according to Adrian Dater of the Denver Post, the reason why Varlamov has missed games is not because the NHL is close to a deal, but because of a knee injury he suffered during a game abroad.
The Avalanche’s starting goaltender had dealt with similar injuries while playing for the Washington Capitals in 2011.
Prior to the injury, Varlamov contributed to a nine game-winning streak for Lokomotiv, allowing only nine goals and recording three shutouts.
For now, Varly is sidelined just like the NHL’s fans and will probably be paying attention to the talks between the NHL and the NHLPA scheduled for tomorrow.