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DENVER (AP) - Playing for Colorado wasn't a hard sell for goalie Semyon Varlamov since he was an Avalanche fan growing up in Russia

Varlamov got his wish to play for the team last Friday when the Avalanche acquired the 23-year-old from the Washington Capitals in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2012 draft and a conditional second-round pick in '12 or '13.

The Avalanche introduced their new No. 1 goalie Thursday, nearly a week after flurry of moves reshaped their roster. In addition to Varlamov, Colorado signed free-agent goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, defenseman Jan Hejda and forward Chuck Kobasew.

The Avalanche also the drafted six players in last month's draft, most notably forward Gabriel Landeskog and defenseman Duncan Siemens.

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