Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was said to have left Francois Allaire’s goalie camp in Switzerland early in the day with a bandage around his right ankle.
The injury was reported via Twitter by a Swiss hockey referee, and the report was accompanied by a faraway photo. Even if Varlamov twisted or otherwise injured his ankle, it must be slight as the picture shows him walking away.
Denver Post journalist Adrian Dater spoke to the Avalanche team, who called the injury “very minor.” He’s expected to be back into training very quickly.
Varlamov, of course, is coming off of the best season of his career. He broke legend — and head coach — Patrick Roy‘s franchise win record with 41. He recorded an impressive .927 save percentage with a 2.41 goals against average. Though some of his playoff performance was mediocre, his teammates to a man called him the MVP of the team.
Varlamov was also nominated for a Vezina Trophy for goaltending and was named to the Second All Star Team for his 2013-14 performance.
Francois Allaire was Roy’s coach during his time with the Montreal Canadiens. He was integral in helping Roy develop his signature butterfly style of goal tending. He runs a goalie camp every summer in Switzerland.
Varlamov’s back-up , Reto Berra, is also the camp — no hardship for him since he’s from Switzerland. He hasn’t performed well in an Avalanche uniform yet, with a .781 save percentage and 5.83 goals against average. He recorded one loss and got pulled from his other start. Nonetheless, he recorded acceptable numbers with the Calgary Flames and has done very well in international play. Allaire and Roy seem confident in his ability to back up Varlamov.
All indications show that the role certainly will be back up. Avalanche fans may be a bit worried about their star goalie, but it’s highly unlikely there’s anything to worry about. This is not a Mike Fisher situation.
As far as opponents are concerned, Varlamov suffered a bruise on his left bicep. The Minnesota Wild should report that the extent of any Semyon Valamov injury is that he got a bad haircut in Switzerland. He speaks neither German nor French, you see.