On a night where Nashville’s Filip Forsberg scored his first NHL goal, it’s interesting to think of the ripple effect of the trade that brought Semyon Varlamov to Colorado in the first place.
After weathering the storm in a frantic first period, Colorado netminder Semyon Varlamov got out of Toronto with a well-earned 2-1 victory. The Avs are now 3-0 on the season and goaltending has been a big factor. Varlamov has all three victories and leads the NHL’s starters with a blistering .967 save percentage. In the win over Toronto, he bailed out a squirrelly defense early and made the necessary stops late, including a Tyler Bozak tip off a fiendish Phil Kessel set-up. Most importantly, he’s been impressing his new bench boss, legendary Hall of Fame netminder Patrick Roy.
“What I like about his play is that it looks simple,” Roy said. “He makes it look easy. He’s always square to the shooter, he plays a simple game and that’s why he has so much success.”
On a night where Nashville’s Filip Forsberg scored his first NHL goal, it’s interesting to think of the ripple effect of the trade that brought Varlamov to Colorado in the first place. The Avs gave up a first round pick in 2012, plus a conditional pick to Washington in exchange for the Russian goalie, who was deemed expendable with Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth coming up behind him. Originally, pundits thought the Avs had erred, since the team was rebuilding and that first-rounder could have been first overall.
As it turned out, the selection didn’t come until No. 11 and the Capitals actually got lucky when Forsberg, a top Swedish talent, fell to them. But before Washington could get a game of service from the youngster, he was traded to Nashville for what turned out to be a busted Martin Erat. The veteran Czech has struggled to even find a place in Washington’s lineup this season.
Now Varlamov is starring in Colorado, Forsberg is blossoming in Nashville and Holtby is trying to hang on behind Washington’s last-shot-wins style of defense. It’s certainly not the way the Caps would have hoped things have worked out, but with a bevy of talent up front and Varlamov succeeding in net, the Avs don’t have any complaints.