We continue our look back at the 2013-2014 Colorado Avalanche season today by highlighting Semyon Varlamov and his record breaking season.
The Colorado Avalanche finished the 2013 season in last place in the Western Conference for a number of reasons. One of them was the inconsistent play of goaltender Semyon Varlamov. Like the rest of the team, Varlamov entered the new season a new man. Under the guide of Hall of Famer and new head coach Patrick Roy and famed goalie coach Francois Allaire, Varlamov forgot everything he knew about goaltending and allowed his new coaches to mold him. The results were evident early as Varlamov won eight of his first nine games and only giving up 14 goals. Throughout the entire season he was a model of consistency. Even though the Avalanche weren’t a great defensive team, especially on paper, Varlamov was there to bail them out time and after. Whether he was just in the right position or he used his athletic gifts, Varlamov made big save after big save to keep his team in the game. On April 10, 2014, all of Varlamov’s hard work and consistency led to him surpassing his head coach in franchise wins for the season with 41. Varlamov made 38 saves in a 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks, giving him 41 victories in 60 starts and putting him in the Colorado Avalanche record book. Varlamov ended the year with 2.41 goals against average and a .927 save percentage to go along with his 41 victories. He was the most valuable player on the Avalanche team and his season long performance earned him a Vezina trophy nomination.