Varly's Having a Birthday
Caps goalie Simeon Varlamov turned 21 today. Comcast SportsyNet's Jill Sorenson wisely asked several teammates about how they'd mark the occasion. Her package will run on the network tonight; some stolen highlights.
"He better not celebrate the way normal 21-year olds celebrate," Bruce Boudreau said. "I don't know how to answer that....If I have to tell people to mind their P's and Q's before a Game 7, then they're not the kind of people we want anyway."
"Was it?" Mike Green said, when presented with the birthday question. "Yeah, he doesn't speak very well to us, but I'm sure he'll get a [punishment redacted]. Don't tell him that, though."
So what's the longest conversation they've had? Varlamov once complimented Green on a blocked shot, though not in so many words.
"Not really," Green admitted. "But I knew what he was talking about."
More birthday chatter:
"So he can legally drink now in the United States I guess?" asked Matt Bradley, who also hadn't known about the birthday. "That makes me feel old. But he's done a great job, and I think the best birthday present for him will be getting a win tomorrow. Celebrate with one beer."
"One vodka," Bradley amended.
So the plan is to postpone anything until tomorrow?
"Maybe tomorrow, tomorrow we do something," Alex Ovechkin said.
"That's the plan," agreed Brian Pothier. "We can't look too far ahead."
Then he launched into a message about the team's mindset and spirit. I also asked Pothier the "longest conversation" question.
"I don't know, he's actually decent," Pothier said of the rookie goalie. "He's not phenomenal, but he's all right. He gets along pretty well in English, and the thing with him is he makes an attempt. Every time you walk by him, 'Good morning buddy, how are you?"
Buddy, apparently, is one of his favorite English words, "Hey Buddy!" being a particular favorite. Anyhow, someone bring a cake tomorrow night, just in case.
"I'll ask Ovie how to say it, and I'll sing him Happy Birthday," Green said.
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