Semyon Varlamov turned himself in to Denver police tonight and is being held on charges of fourth degree assault and second degree kidnapping. While more details on the case are becoming available by the minute, one thing is clear: The season of the Colorado Avalanche is suddenly resting squarely on the shoulders of J.S. Giguere.
Circumstances aside, this will be a big test for Giguere and the Avalanche as a whole.
It was clear that the journeyman NHL goaltender has been comfortable picking up spot starts behind Varlamov. He’s won all three of the games he’s played in so far this year and was the league leader in GAA and save percentage for much of the first month of the season.
That was as a backup though. While he downed the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins, those were just off nights for Varlamov. Again, while many specifics of the Varlamov case are unknown, it’s likely that he will be able to play hockey for a chunk of time, if at all.
Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov turns himself in on domestic violence charges: http://t.co/uJaEOYSEqx
— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) October 31, 2013
With that in mind, the Avalanche are going to have to feel comfortable leaning on Giguere for the time being. Things could be worse for Colorado though. Giguere has a few more notches in his belt than, say, Justin Peters does and he’s starting for the Carolina Hurricanes for the foreseeable future.
They’ll have two days to iron everything out, but don’t be shocked to see Giggy getting the call on Friday when the Avalanche take on the Dallas Stars and possibly even Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens.