For anyone wondering about the mysterious circumstances surrounding the Varlamov deal this past summer, I got a chance to ask GM GM personally about our off-season acquisitions at the Acela Club VIP event this morning at Verizon. As It turns out, he shared in a rather jovial and unabashed mood, #1 and the Caps were in agreement on terms and "only $50,000 apart in salary when everything just stopped." Apparently after a few days they had his US agent look into why he hadn't responded to their offer, and he found out that "Varlamov's father had accepted money from the KHL club to help sway him" to sign there. Once it became apparent he was going to go to Russia or be claimed on waivers if they attempted to move him/were forced to match an offer sheet, it was just a matter of time before he got traded. Money quote of the day: "I'm hoping we win the Stanley Cup and Colorado does poorly, so we get both the 1st and 30th picks in the first round."
Semyon Varlamov and girlfriend Dasha at photoshoot in Russia. Check out full translation in main section. Original russian is here
This is something I could get used to. (I realize that most of the categories are ties, its still pretty cool to me)
From Tarik: "Coach Bruce Boudreau wouldn't divulge his starting goaltender for Saturday's game, but he did have this to say when asked if he planned to make an announcement this morning: "You'll see it in the warm-up. But look it, it's not a big surprise, Theo is our No. 1 goalie." Boudreau was then asked when he planned to inform the goalies of his decision. "When I feel it's appropriate," he said. "When you guys leave." Pressed on the matter, Boudreau added: "It's never safe to assume anything. Assume what you want to assume. But I'm not saying anything. I will think Lundqvist is playing though." End quote. After a disappointing game one on all fronts, the biggest questions people are asking is in goal. Frankly, I don't care who comes out as long as they are ready to go, and it's not someone who has an office job. I know most of you happen to disagree with my take you should start the Veteran, though, so here goes. *edit* I was trying to do the quote, and I realized later I was doing a picture. Oh well.