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Boudreau: Semyon Varlamov likely to practice Wednesday

Coach Bruce Boudreau said that he believes Semyon Varlamov, who has missed nine days of practice with a groin injury, will skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Wednesday and he's hoping that the 22-year-old goaltender will be ready within a week to 10 days.

"He knows his body a lot better than we do. He'll start off fairly slow but I expect within a week to 10 days, he'll be ready to play again," Boudreau said. "I would venture to guess [he's frustrated]. It's hard to read his emotions sometimes, but if I was him I'd be pretty frustrated. He works so hard, getting here Aug. 1, training and everything else and this happening to him....That's why we're taking a little longer with it so it never happens again."

Varlamov was the only regular missing from practice this morning, while the rest of the Capitals' injured players -- Marcus Johansson (hip), Tyler Sloan (hip) and Tom Poti (lower-body) -- all took part in the session.

--Sloan, who said he's been dealing with a little nagging hip flexor injury for a few weeks, made it through the duration of practice and Boudreau sounded optimistic that he could suit up against the Maple Leafs Wednesday. On the other hand, Sloan wasn't too sure himself.

--Johansson was wearing a gold jersey again today and didn't take part in the power play or penalty-killing drills and Boudreau said the rookie isn't ready to return quite yet. "Little steps. We don't want to bring him back and then re-hurt it and [have him] out three more weeks. We want to make sure he's right," Boudreau said.

--Poti left practice early and "is still pretty sore," according to Boudreau.

By Katie Carrera  | November 2, 2010; 12:24 PM ET
Categories:  Injuries, Marcus Johansson, Semyon Varlamov, Tom Poti, Tyler Sloan  
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I somehow think we won't be seeing Varly much this season, at least not in DC. He sure seems awfully vulnerable to groin injuries and whatever he's doing to strengthen those tendons and muscles clearly is not working. I won't be surprised if we see him more in Hershey than in DC this year, especially if/when Braden Holtby gets a start and does well. Wonder how those contract negotiations with Varly are going?

Posted by: Exile_in_Philly | November 2, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse


Sure, many of GMGM's picks are very talented. No one is saying Fehr doesn't have a ton of ability. The problem is the guy doesn't play the type of hockey that we need to win a cUp.

Trade him, I've seen enough. Make him a project for some other team. We need guys that can win 16 games in the playoffs. Fehr either needs to traded or needs a new coach that will kick him in the rear(daily).

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | November 2, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

I think we may have all missed something this summer. Varly's jersey number change to the #1 may have had a secret hidden message attached to it, not what everyone originally thought it to be (him saying he would be the #1 goalie). Here are some possibilities:

-The number of games he will start for the Caps this season.

-The max amount of years he can expect to see in a contract extension.

-The value of his stock this season in pucks (based on a scale of 1-100)

-His draft order number on the Boyd "Mr. Glass" Gordon All-Caps IR Team

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | November 2, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Varly seems to be injured most of the time. He is always being plagued by groin injuries. It may be time to move on. A goaltender needs to be dependable and needs to be healthy. Varly seems to be very undependable in terms of his health and his performance. He will play a good game, then have a horrible game, then have a good game, and so on. Anyone on here who thinks we can get value in return for him is clearly not putting things in perspective.

Posted by: jamiehustla | November 2, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

give Holtby a start.

Posted by: doughless | November 2, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

@Hunterforcoach - not a big disagreement with you. It may be Fehr can only function as a top 6 type offensive player and we have bigger needs. (Having said that, we may not be as stacked next season. Last year, I didn't care much for ShaMo but now thinking he's better than several of our D...)

Posted by: RedLitYogi | November 2, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Another night of watching Sloan or Fahey. UGHHHHHH!!!

Posted by: PhilR | November 2, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

If you send him anywhere, do the humane thing and send Varly back to home country before subjecting him to the trainer in Hershey - who is unqualified & uncertified & no license - what a joke that the league actually allows Hershey to list him as head trainer. When risk liability is ignored you must have more money than brains; more important - how is our affiliate's training room approach deemed as acceptable? These are our prospects!

Posted by: rockdaredlangely | November 2, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

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