Avalanche goalie situation uncertain for Friday

Thursday, 10.31.2013 / 5:34 PM
Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- The Colorado Avalanche were still considering how to deal with their goaltending situation Thursday, the day after Semyon Varlamov was arrested on second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault charges.

Varlamov, who has played a key role in the Avalanche's 10-1-0 start, turned himself into Denver Police Department detectives Wednesday and spent the night in jail. He appeared in Denver court Thursday morning while the team was on the ice at its suburban practice rink.

The goalie posted a $5,000 bond, was given permission to travel by Denver County Judge Claudia Jordan, and was ordered to stay away from his girlfriend and not to contact her.

Varlamov was scheduled to start Friday night against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center. The Avalanche confirmed Thursday afternoon he would make the one-game trip, but coach Patrick Roy wasn't certain after practice if Varlamov or Jean-Sebastien Giguere would play.

"It's important that for me as a coach to keep my focus on my team and we keep our focus there," he said. "We'll play [Friday] and we'll see how we have to do. The beauty of coaching is every day you have to make adjustments. We will always make adjustments. We'll make the adjustment that has to be made to make this team win."

Varlamov, 25, has been one of the hottest goalies in the NHL with a 7-1-0 record, 1.76 goals-against average and .945 save percentage, but Giguere also has played extremely well.

"A bunch of things can happen in a season," said Giguere, who has a 3-0-0 record with two shutouts, an 0.67 GAA and .981 save percentage. "You have to be able to face them as a team. If we take that challenge on as a team, we'll be OK."

Giguere, 36, was scheduled to play Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens at Pepsi Center and said he would feel comfortable taking on the lion's share of the goaltending load if needed.

"That's the job of a backup," he said. "You have to be ready for all kinds of scenarios. Sometimes a goalie might get sick, sometimes he might get hurt in warm-up. Sometimes he might be out for a month and the team isn't necessarily going to get a trade. You have to be ready physically and mentally for those kinds of challenges.

"I don't know what's going to happen coming up. For me, it doesn't change the fact I try to approach every day as a day-to-day thing. Whatever happened today, I'll take care of it, try to face it, and move on to the next day and see what happens."

Asked how the Avalanche can prevent the matter from becoming a distraction, Giguere said, "It's a tough question. We've got to go about our business, I guess. Keep going on what we were doing every day at the rink. I don't see why it would affect us as a team."

Avalanche center Matt Duchene said he and his teammates feel more than comfortable when Giguere is in goal.

"Absolutely," Duchene said. "We'll see if he has to fill in. We're not really thinking about it too much. We're concerned about it and we want it to get resolved ASAP. Other than that, we're thinking about hockey. Nothing has changed for us.

"It's an unfortunate situation and hopefully it gets resolved real soon, but we'll focus on hockey right now. That's what we're worried about."

Right wing PA Parenteau said, "Jiggy has been awesome this year too. We'll handle the situation as a family, as a team and we'll go from there."

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