Semyon Varlamov is headed to Long Island after signing a four-year contract with the New York Islanders on July 1. Varlamov is a 31-year-old Russian netminder who has played 11 years in the NHL with Washington (2008-11) and Colorado (2011-19). He's 6'2, 205 lbs., catches left and was drafted 23rd overall back in 2006.
Here are seven things to get to know the Isles newest goaltender.
1. HIS STATS:
Varlamov is 213-169-50 in 448 NHL games with Washington and Colorado with a 2.68 GAA, a .916 SV% and 25 shutouts. Last season he posted 20-19-9 record with a 2.87 GAA, a .909 SV% and two shutouts with Colorado.
2. HE'S A VETERAN GOALTENDER:
At 31-years-old, Varlamov has played 11 years in the NHL, including a three-year stint with the Washington Capitals (2008-11) and an eight-year tenure with the Colorado Avalanche (2011-19). He's played a total of 25,671 minutes in net in 448-career games and started in 431-career games.
3. HE WAS THE RUNNER-UP FOR THE VEZINA IN 2013-14:
Varlamov had a career-best - and league high - 41 wins during the 2013-14 season with Colorado and was the runner-up for the Vezina Trophy. In 63 regular season games, Varlamov made 60 starts, posting a 41-14-6 record, with a 2.41 GAA, a. 927 SV% and two shutouts.
4. HE WON GOLD AT THE 2012 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Russia claimed the gold medal with a 6-2 win over Slovakia in the Final game. The Samara, Russia native backstopped Russia to the victory with eight wins, 1.77 goals against average and a tournament-leading .939 save percentage. Varlamov was also named a top-three player for Russia in the tournament.
Additionally, Varlamov took home a silver medal at the 2010 World Championships.
5. HE IS A TWO-TIME OLYMPIAN:
Varlamov represented his country at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Russia advanced to the quarterfinals, but its run was halted with a 3-1 loss to Finland. Varlamov suited up for three of Russia's five total games and he posted a 2-1 record. Varlamov also played for Russia at the 2010 Winter Olympics held in Vancouver, but did not see any action as he was the third-string goalie.
6. HE'S WON TWO SILVER MEDALS AT THE WORLD JUNIORS:
Varlamov took home back-to-back silver medals at the World Juniors Championships in 2006 and 2007. At the 2007 World Juniors Championships, Varlamov went 5-1 with a 1.51 GAA and a .934 SV% and was named a top-three player for Russia.
7. HE'S FIFTH ALL-TIME IN NHL WINS AMONG RUSSIAN GOALIES:
Varlamov's 448 career games and 213 career wins both rank fifth among Russian-born goalies in NHL history. His .916 SV% ranks fourth of all Russian goalies who have played at least 100 games. He is the Islanders first Russian goalie since Evgeni Nabokov (2011-14).
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