Capitals’ Semyon Varlamov sent back to Hershey

Updated: November 11, 2010 at 6:51 am by Reggie Yinger

Varlamov has been demoted to the Hershey Bears for what is believed to be a conditioning assignment.  He will likely play in the AHL this weekend on his road back to the NHL.

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Varlamov seems to be making even more progress as he skated by himself before the team hit the ice today.  He is expected to return at some point next week, probably later on in the week.

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UPDATED on 11/2/10 @ 1:30 PM: After missing nine days of practice, coach Bruce Boudreau stated that Varlamov will return to practice tomorrow for the Caps.  Boudreau also indicated that that netminder will be ready to see game action within seven to ten days.

While this is good news for Varly owners, Michal Neuvirth has been brilliant to start the season and was named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for October.

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UPDATED on 10/25/10 @ 10:43 AM:  Braden Holtby has been recalled from the Hershey Bears of the AHL.  This move likely signifies that he will get an NHL start sometime soon and that Varlamov could miss longer than originally expected.

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UPDATED on 10/23/10 @ 6:26 PM: Perhaps the late change of starting goalie was not simply Caps coach Bruce Boudreau making the right move.  The team recalled Dany Sabourin from the Hershey Bears to backup Michal Neuvirth as Semyon Varlamov is out again with a groin injury.  We will update with a timetable once we know more.

Originally posted on 10/13/2010:

According to CSN Washington’s Corey Masisak, netminder Semyon Varlamov is likely to see his first action of the season against the Nashville Predators this weekend.  “Varly” was placed on injury reserve prior to the start of the season with a groin injury.

The oft-injured goalie has missed time the previous two seasons with knee injuries.

Filling in for Varly has been 22 year-old Michal Neuvirth, who will be making his fourth consecutive start of the season against the New York Islanders tonight.  Neuvirth has sported a 2-1 record with a .916 SV% and a 2.62 GAA thus far.

With Neuvirth playing well, Coach Bruce Boudreau will certainly have a tough decision to make once Varlamov returns.

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