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Semyon Varlamov says he's ready to dress tonight vs. Isles

Here's the first update of the season from Slava Malamud of Sport-Express:

How frustrating is it to be Semyon Varlamov right about now? For those of you keeping score at home (and that would probably be all of you), this makes it three injuries in less than a year. Or four in the last 20 months. Or five, going back to the world championships in 2008. That's a lot of down time for a 22-year-old netminder.

The kid came to Washington a month in advance specifically because he wanted to condition his body better for the wear and tear of the NHL regular season and he gets sidelined before the season even starts. Frustrating? Try devastating.

But I found Semyon surprisingly upbeat when we talked several hours after the Tuesday practice, though he did admit that injuries as a topic of conversation is getting rather old for him now.

"Everything is fine with me now," Varlamov said. Wednesday "I will be the backup. And then, we'll see. If they want me to play, I will play, because I am ready. I was through full practices and it all feels alright."

Was this latest time off the ice hard on you?
These things happen. I was practicing and felt a slight discomfort. Had to take some time to recover. Of course, it's not pleasant to get hurt right before the season, but it wasn't anything serious.

Nothing like last year?
No. I've been practicing for a week now. I just needed to get back to 100 percent so I would be game ready.

Was it the same groin muscle you hurt before?
I don't know. It's not like I know every muscle in my groin by name or anything. I can tell you this was nothing special. But a short pause was needed.

Michal Neuvirth was quite good in the games he played. Do you feel any added pressure to prove yourself now?
You always have to prove yourself, right? This doesn't change anything. I feel great, my mood is good as always. Life is beautiful.

Have you tried to get a professional opinion on why you get so many injuries? Maybe you need to change your workload somehow?
My team employs the best specialists possible, so their opinion is all I need.

Are you one hundred percent game ready now?
Yes, one hundred percent. I am hoping to get a start this week. Perhaps in the upcoming road game, but it's up to the coaches, of course.

Can you assure the fans that they will see the same Varlamov whom they've gotten accustomed to in the last couple of seasons?
I can assure them that they will see me soon. And that I will try my best.

By Slava Malamud  | October 13, 2010; 8:36 AM ET
Categories:  Semyon Varlamov  
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Hope he really is 100% and we do see same narly varly but only time will tell if he should be played and traded not that I want that to happen.

Shout out to Section 115

DROP THE PUCK !!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: bqts | October 13, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand what this means?

"For those of you scoring at home (and that would probably be all of you)"

Can anyone clarify?

Posted by: LloydChristmas | October 13, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

They were implying that the people reading this article and keeping track of how many injuries Varly has had the past year are the same. Jokingly saying that we all are keeping tabs on Varly and his number of injuries. Basically saying "here's a bit of info you already knew". Make sense?

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | October 13, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse


I believe the author is making the assumption that fans have been keeping a tally of the number of injuries that Varly has had, and the frequency of said injuries.

He also provides his own account of Varlys injuries for our review.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 13, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

I love reading the Russian interviews. Honest and straightforward and not ridden with cliches. Is cliche-speak part of elementary education in Canada?

"Brooks, your grades aren't very good."

"I know, Ma, I just need to go harder to the chalkboard and do the dirty work and execute the teacher's plan."

Posted by: tominsocal1 | October 13, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Slava Malamud of Sport-Express is a Russian sports rag, kinda like TSN, I believe. So the audience of "at-home" is most likely Russian hockey enthusists interested in Varly's progress as starting goalie, esp. with the upcoming Russian winter Olympics. Varly is one of the Russian goalies vying for net time for the Russian red, white, and blue. This article is most likely is a translation, too.

That being said, I hope Varly does get some quality game time. I like having two young goalies ready to play.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | October 13, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

@Tom: I like the Russian interviews, too, because of the ambiguity of translation AND despite the ambiguity of translation. Case in point:

"It's not like I know every muscle in my groin by name."

Was Varly being the stereotypical robotic Russian machine? As in, "I don't know if it was a strain of the adductor longus or the gracillis." Or was Varly cracking a joke? As in, "it's not like I chat with Fred every day to ask him how he's doing."

Posted by: struggler | October 13, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

"For those of you scoring at home (and that would probably be all of you)"

Can anyone clarify?

Posted by: LloydChristmas

For the people playing favorites in goal. Your either a Neuvi or Varly supporter. There's no in between, just like politics. Your either a Tea Party Republican or Libertarian Democrat. You can't rout for the good of the team here!

Snark aside, go get 'em Varly.

Posted by: breaklance | October 13, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

In mother Russia, groin names you.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | October 13, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse



Right on the money. Watching some of the games last year a couple friends and I had fun predicting the interviews: "We knew if we kept working hard and doing the things that got us here that good things would happen."

I think every interview last year was a variation on that sentence. The question is: what would we like to hear?

"Well, I just wish Sloan didn't keep giving me those hospital passes, he knows I hit the beers a little hard last night. And Varly. What a stinker game he had, but he wasn't the worst."

Posted by: RedLitYogi | October 13, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Hockey puts incredible stress on the groin muscles, especially for goalies. Some teams seem to suffer through a slew of groin and ab muscle tears every season, while others only go through a few [some are probably unavoidable]. I.e., for a few years the Flyers would have like 10-11 guys go down with groins; the finally changed the training staff a couple years back and there's been a marked difference.

Craig Loughlin feels that hockey players - especially at the pro and college level - put so much stress and wear and tear on the groin and abs that, if anything, they need to ease off on the core work when they're not on the ice, that a large portion of the injuries can be traced directly to overuse.

Posted by: govtimbo | October 13, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

I hate listening to the cliches most hockey players spit out. There is absolutely no point listening or reading a Crosby interview because he says the exact same thing every time.

If they win "We battled hard, got to the net, and kept on battling." If they lose, "We did some good things but we need to battle harder, get to the net, and work harder."

Judging from the first few Ovie interviews this year he may be heading down that road. It's a shame because his honesty in interviews was refershing to read. But when players are honest they get ripped (i.e. his mention of the Halak hand shaking).

I never thought Ovie was trying to disparage him or anything, but that he honestly saw that and mentioned it to Backstrom. So after the game he just told the reporters the honest truth on what he saw and told Backstrom, and he still gets ripped for it.

So we are probably going to get a boring Ovie now. It sucks.

Posted by: sgm3 | October 13, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

@RedLit & Tom: I rarely listen to player interviews after games, unless I want to hear reaction about a specific incident. Otherwise, there are several hundred NHL players who have all learned to say the exact same thing, win or lose: "if we play our game, we have a chance to win."

@SAOTI: Touche!

Posted by: struggler | October 13, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse


I believe the author is making the assumption that fans have been keeping a tally of the number of injuries that Varly has had, and the frequency of said injuries.

He also provides his own account of Varlys injuries for our review.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr

Okay gotcha. I thought he was referring to something else. eh hem hem wink wink, nudge nudge...

Posted by: LloydChristmas | October 13, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

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