Whats the deal with Varlamov?

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  1. shadow1

    shadow1 Registered User

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    I’m a nutshell: he’s an above average goalie who’s always been a bit streaky and a bit injury prone. There is also the perception that he is not a “big game” goalie, as evidenced by his playoff resume.

    The Avalanche probably won’t bring him back/he may not want to come back (due to lots of other opportunities across of the NHL), but stranger things have happened.
     
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    Hope he is gone after this year.
     
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    ibengals "Is Roy Squinting?"

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    Peak Varly was as good as any goalie in this league. Still think he should've won the Vezina in 2013-2014. Single-handedly took that team to the playoffs. Unfortunately, he's incredibly fragile, even for a goalie. I'd personally like to have him back, as I think he's quite a bit better than Grub, but I wouldn't be surprised if he wasn't re-signed.
     
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    Peak Varly only shows up so often though.

    And the fact that he didn’t win the Vezina in 13/14 is actually super ridiculous.
     
  5. varano

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    Man hes hurt again eh...
     
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    He's okay. Just one game
     
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    Varlamov was always an elite goaler with a questionable mental game. Now though, not sure you can call him elite anymore due to all the time he has lost with injuries. It was a risk trade by Sherman, which we ultimately won considering what McPhee did, but like a lot of trades both teams probably move on and Varly doesn't recapture his Vezina performance again (still remains a passable goaler though).
     
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    I think Varly's mental and big game ability are fine. He battled through that crazy distracting season of court battles with his ex, and had a great season. That must have taken a very strong mental game. He's also stood on his head down the stretch in multiple seasons, winning multiple big games.

    Every time Varly seems to play at a sub par level, it seems to be revealed soon after he's battling injuries. Varly was dealing with groin injuries going into the playoffs for Washington in 2010, and that's where some of this big game criticism has come from.

    I really think most, if not all of Varly's problems with inconsistency and other critiques, stem from his injuries. That's a legit critique, because he can't seem to stay healthy much. You just have to hope they only keep him out a few games and not half a season.

    If he's 100% healthy, Varly is an outstanding #1G. He's just not always 100% healthy and that's a concern.
     
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    the issue with his injuries though are that they've stacked up...

    I've fallen into the trap before of thinking about players - "oh once he gets over all the injuries, he'll be back to being elite"......for a lot of players, injuries take their toll and just continue to degrade the players capabilities until they become much more of a burden on your roster than a positive factor. It's hard to watch happen but I think it started happening to Varlamov quite some time ago.
     
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    Additionally, Varly seems to struggle in games where he’s not seeing lots of shots. He engages when the rubber comes early and often and has ridiculous games where he will make 45+ saves (to the shegrin of hawks and stars fans). But then he’ll have games where he isn’t challenged early and sees less than 20 shots in a game and look disengaged and soft.
     
  11. CobraAcesS

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    So we should play Varly in every game that we expect to get destroyed. NSH, WPG, CGY, LAK, SJ, CHI, etc..
     
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  12. varano

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    He bounced back last night...just lacked the goal support. That second goal was just a brutal line change
     

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