Colorado Avalanche Are In No-Win Situation With Varlamov As Their Goalie

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 11: Colorado Avalanche Goalie Semyon Varlamov (1) takes a breather after fighting off two penalties during the regular season NHL game between the Colorado Avalanche and Toronto Maple Leafs on December 11, 2016 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON. (Photo by Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 11: Colorado Avalanche Goalie Semyon Varlamov (1) takes a breather after fighting off two penalties during the regular season NHL game between the Colorado Avalanche and Toronto Maple Leafs on December 11, 2016 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON. (Photo by Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – JANUARY 12: Colorado Avalanche goalie, Semyon Varlamov (1) stands in goal at the beginning of a regular season NHL game between the Colorado Avalanche and the visiting Anaheim Ducks on January 12, 2017, at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO. (Photo by Russell Lansford/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

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The guy that Colorado Avalanche fans love. The one whose name rains from the stands after he makes flurries of game saving stops or earns another well deserved first star. The guy with the best single season in franchise history, who is as close to unbeatable as a goalie can be.

127 of Varlamov’s starts with this franchise fall into the top category of 930 and above. It’s by far the most likely result when he takes the net, occurring more than twice as often as the 2nd most common (which are Fs). Varly is the guy that the Avalanche have had a remarkable 45% of the time in the past six years.

Coupled with his 23 career B games, that’s over 53% of the time he’s good to unbelievable. Mostly the latter.

Like he was in 2013-14, where 58% of his games were As and another 15% were Bs.

Varly stole that entire season.

Unfortunately, Varly is a big reason the Avalanche spent the past three years convinced they were a top team. That unbelievable year catalyzed an overvaluing of the team’s state and is a big reason behind many of their poor personnel decisions since.

If this Varlamov shows up again, it could be real trouble for a Colorado Avalanche team that may finally have accepted they aren’t what they thought they were. And based on his history, he could be in around 22 or 23 times in the 50 games he’s penciled in for.