The Colorado Avalanche announced today that netminder Semyon Varlamov has been shutdown for the remainder of the season due to hip surgery to repair his injured groin.
Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar noted Wednesday that surgery could be an option considered by the goalie and team physicians and trainers.
"We can't put him in the net if it's just going to be temporary, short-term [solutions]. So we have to come up with a way to make sure he's either playing, or he's doing the right things so he is put in a position to be able to play a lot of games," he said. "I would say that [surgery] could be an option, yes."
Fellow goalies Calvin Pickard and Spencer Martin will backstop the Avalanche moving forward.
The 24-year-old Pickard has set career highs this season in games started (21), consecutive starts (7) and contests played (24), while posting a 3.01 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage during that time.
Martin, 21, made his NHL debut on Saturday in San Jose, turning aside 27 shots in the 3-2 overtime loss. The Oakville, Ontario, native and NHL rookie followed that up with his second start in Monday's 5-2 loss to the Sharks. He denied 21 pucks sent his way.
A Samara, Russia, native, Varlamov had been in and out of lineup for much of the 2016-17 season and has missed 12 of the team's last 18 games due to his lingering groin injury.