Fantasy Impact: The Colorado Avalanche have acquired goaltender Semyon Varlamov from the Washington Capitals for a first and a second-round draft pick. You read that right - a first AND a second round pick.


The Avalanche get: A very talented, but very injury-prone and unproven young goaltender. Talk about putting all their eggs into one unstable basket. This is as boom or bust as it gets. The Avs promptly signed Varlamov to a two-year deal.


Fantasy Players Impacted: Tomas Vokoun owners are cringing over this one, as Vokoun is running out of places to play in. The Avs paid too much for Varlamov to make him a backup - he's the starter. He goes from a potential 15 wins to 30-plus. Michael Neuvirth is now the go-to goalie in Washington, which makes backup Braydon Holtby a very nice dark horse. Neuvirth runs into his cold streaks too.


Fantasy Players this helps, in order:

1. Varlamov

2. Neuvirth

3. Holtby


Fantasy Players this hurts, in order:

None, unless Vokoun can't find a home.





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Ed said:

... So Varlamov is playing 2011-12 in Colorado and not going to the KHL?
July 01, 2011
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Trevor Czerwinski said:

Flying Polak
... question should Edmonton make a move to acquire Vokun. would be a nice fit in my eyes because i don't see Dubie or Deslauriers as Elite NHL starters
July 01, 2011
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Trevor Czerwinski said:

Flying Polak
Varlomov vs Vokun Colorado gives up their 1st and 2nd picks for next years draft (1st could possibly be another top 5) for a talented but unproven goalie prospect who lost his starting job in washington due to injuries and talent outplaying him.The terms of this contract are somewhat cheaper than Vokun's would have been. It still doesn't make sense. Colorado is not known to be good at developing young goaltenders and with Seymon's bandaid status wouldn't they have been better off in the future with their picks and a proven goaltender that eventhough costs more can play 60+ games at a higher level. Colorado has a lot of talent and i thought they could be a contender but they continually degress as a team by continual bonehead moves by management. Heres hoping Vokun will find a team that appreciates his great talent and great move by Washington to acquiring a possible first overall 2012 pick
July 01, 2011
Votes: +1
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