DALLAS, TX - NOVEMBER 1: Semyon Varlamov #1 of the Colorado Avalanche looks on during a timeout against the Dallas Stars on November 1, 2013 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

Varlamov ‘comfortable’ in OT win following jail release


Amid allegations of domestic violence and just one day after spending time in jail, the Colorado Avalanche decided to start goaltender Semyon Varlamov against the Dallas Stars.

Despite everything that’s transpired, Varlamov was just as effective as he has been all season, turning aside 27 of 29 shots to earn an overtime victory.

“I got such good teammates, so I don’t think about what’s happening,” Varlamov said, courtesy of the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater. “I said before, no comments on that. I feel very comfortable today.”

Avalanche coach Patrick Roy added that the team wanted to rally around Varlamov. Prior to the game, he made it clear that Varlamov was still their guy.

The Avalanche are now 11-1-0 this season, which puts them in a tie with the San Jose Sharks in terms of points. However, the Avalanche have more wins than San Jose and have played in one less game. That’s quite the jump for a team that finished in the basement of the Western Conference last season.


Avs’ Varlamov jailed on domestic violence allegations

Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension

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What will Raffi Torres get this time?

The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.

It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. For one thing, Torres is a repeat offender who once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.

You can see the hit below:

And here it is slowed down:

Torres got a match penalty and Silfverberg left the game. Fortunately, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have returned, but was kept out for precautionary reasons.

Flames acquire Freddie Hamilton, brother of Dougie

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Roughly three months after acquiring Dougie Hamilton, the Calgary Flames have brought his brother on board too.

Freddie Hamilton was pried away from the Colorado Avalanche for the cost a 2016 conditional seventh-round draft pick, per the Avalanche’s website. The Flames announced that he will report to AHL Stockton.

Freddie, who is the older of the two at 23, is a center that excelled offensively in the OHL and has chipped in at the AHL level. However, he has just one point in 29 contests with Colorado and the San Jose Sharks.

This is obviously not a big trade, but perhaps Freddie will eventually become a solid member of the Flames’ supporting cast. If nothing else, it didn’t cost Calgary much to reunite the brothers. The duo previously played together with the Niagara IceDogs.