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Semyon Varlamov set to return to the ice

Semyon Varlamov did not skate today, meaning he's been off the ice for more than a week. But the Caps' future in goal is scheduled to skate on his own tomorrow at KCI.

If the pain and discomfort in his sprained right knee (MCL) is gone and the joint continues to respond favorably over the next couple of days, the hope is that Varlamov will be back in Hershey by the weekend. (He can't participate in a Caps practice until he's on the roster, and right now he's still on the Bears' roster after getting injured during a rehab start.)

Varlamov would then make a couple of starts in the AHL before rejoining the Caps.

This, of course, is a best-case scenario. And because knee sprains are especially difficult for goaltenders, things could change.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 26, 2010; 2:29 PM ET
 | Tags: Semyon Varlamov  
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Comments

My fingers are crossed--be ready for the rehab Varly!

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | January 26, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Get well, Varly, but skip the olympics please.

Posted by: Sonyask | January 26, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Get healthy, Varly!

Posted by: irockthered | January 26, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

History of being fragile...hope he gets healthy for good and for many years to come.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 26, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

rehab for the injury that was suffered in rehab...lets not add another rehab to the mix of multiple rehabs...

Posted by: SA-Town | January 26, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

just be fresh by march man...no rush!

Posted by: carsonspence | January 26, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Remember in training camp--Neuvy was just as good as Varly, and the word is that Neuvy is more technically sound than Varly. So maybe this is a blessing in disguise?

Not hating, just saying. The thought here is that Theo has one more long playoff run in him. He needed pushed by Varly, and he responded splendidly. He got pushed by Neuvy, and has been excellent.

And maybe the fact that just about every team in the playoffs would underestimate Theo would be exactly the fire he needs to make up for last year's playoff game.

Posted by: redrocker2 | January 26, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

1. training camps don't count for anything and about the similar number of NHL starts, the records speak for themselves between Varly and Neuvy.

2. before the injury Varly pretty much established himself as number one.

3. the quick hook on Theo last year speaks of how much confidence BB has in him in the playoffs - the rangers are not a high scoring team and they showed in one game how easily Theo could be beaten.

Posted by: joek443 | January 26, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Redrocker the dude only has 1 regulation loss ever during the regular season.

Posted by: Mike4169 | January 26, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope everything goes well. I think that getting Varly back could be the team D upgrade people want.

Also from the last thread:

Since some people here seem to not want to trade from Neidermyer how about Foote? It is the newest rumor I have seen. He is old but only 38 but is a plus 5 so far this season so he seems to still be able to play. Of course if Foote was playing on the Ducks I think his +/- would be about the same as Neidermyer's because I think it much harder to be a plus on a team that is bad. His contract is up after the season so we shouldn't have it change our ability to sign any of the guys for next season. So what does everyone think?

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 26, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

From 2006: Thrasher Sutton's run on Green and the ensuing festivities. This is what should happen any time the opposition goes after our stars...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ak1DIzvD3eE

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | January 26, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

@MetalCapsFan:

Did the Caps lost that game? ;-)


However,

ThreeNoMore will show us his confidence ...

Go Caps!

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | January 26, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Eklund "reporting" Caps interested in Foote and Ward

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 26, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

both a lot better than Souray...wtf?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 26, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

kind of shows people why Brashear was on the team. I hated those jerseys.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | January 26, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Hope he plays against the baby Pens in Hershey next Saturday night (mainly cause I'll be there).

Posted by: GMUCAPS | January 26, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

"Caps' future in goal?"

Precisely because of these injuries, I think we really have to reserve judgment on that one.

Posted by: large23220 | January 26, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Why would Avs move Foote? They are in the hunt.

Posted by: tominfl1 | January 26, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Why would Avs move Foote? They are in the hunt.

Posted by: tominfl1 | January 26, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

They may think they have extra D men and could use a forward. Last year the Hawks got Samuel Pahlsson from the Ducks for James Wisniewski both were fairly decent players but served different roles.

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 26, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

blind squirrel > Eklund

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | January 26, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Is it really an acknowledged conclusion that Varlamov is the Caps' future in goal, not Neuvirth? It just doesn't seem to me that either has played long enough to really know for sure. Remember Jim Carrey?

Just as long as one of them turns out to be the real deal... don't particularly care which.

Posted by: drischord | January 26, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Varly has already had more success than Jim Carrey ever did

Posted by: joek443 | January 26, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

in the playoffs I meant...

Posted by: joek443 | January 26, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Old and slow ain't what we need on D - i.e., no on Foote.

While it appears Neuvirth could have a very solid NHL career, Varlamov is a truly special athlete; those guys don't come around very often.

Posted by: govtimbo | January 26, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

good save joek443, almost had to hit the gong on that one

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | January 26, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

@govtimbo

have to agree on Varly, he's (as BB has said) a special athlete. I'm wondering, though, if there isn't some denial on the part of Semyon right now about the injury. If it were just a sprain, he'd of been heeled by now. But admitting to cartilage damage lowers his value. Any thoughts? Does the Caps trainer have a right to compel him to be examined?

Posted by: RedLitYogi | January 26, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

P.S. And by no means did I intend to slight Theodore with my praise of Varlamov; Theo has played some great hockey lately - as he most certainly did with Montreal early in his career - so I tip my hat to him; I've been a doubter on Theo and he's proving me wrong, something I'm very happy about.

Posted by: govtimbo | January 26, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Why would Avs move Foote? They are in the hunt.

Posted by: tominfl1 | January 26, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

They may think they have extra D men and could use a forward. Last year the Hawks got Samuel Pahlsson from the Ducks for James Wisniewski both were fairly decent players but served different roles.

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 26, 2010 4:34 PM

OK, we can offer them Nylander for Foote. Seriously, I don't see us moving any of the top 12 w/o creating another hole. Well, we could trade B Gordon for Foote and then give up a #2 pick for that "Billy Guerin" kinda player.

Another move, I almost forgot, but Caps can bring up Aucoin anytime, they just have to then keep him. Aucoin is adequate as a 4th liner at least.

Posted by: tominfl1 | January 26, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Watchin' the opposing teams pregame show AGAIN!!!! Cause my team doesn't get one!

CRAP!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 26, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

History of being fragile...hope he gets healthy for good and for many years to come.

Posted by: lylewimbledon

A history? At twenty-one years old? Harshin' my mellow.

Posted by: kevbnyc | January 26, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Definitely think we should do a live chat tonight. Where's Gene Wang?

GO CAPS!!! 7 in a row!

Posted by: rachel216 | January 26, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

what's with the immediate need to move players? Arn't the players here doing O.K.? There's still almost half a season left and the young guys are surely holding their own out there...leave it alone...there's nothing wrong...repeat after me...there's nothing wrong...there's nothing......

Posted by: joerutgens72 | January 26, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

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