Yesterday afternoon, the Colorado Avalanche announced that they have locked up Semyon Varlamov for the next 5 years. The extension will pay Varlamov $29.5 million over the term of the contract averaging out to a $5.9 million cap hit. Varlamov has been a huge surprise this season and this shows that the Aves believe he is their goaltender of the present as well as the future. Goalie guru Francois Allaire was the first hire for new head coach Patrick Roy when he came back to the organization this past offseason. Varlamov has developed a relationship with the Allaire that has proven beneficial for his game. Yahoo’s Harrison Mooney explains why he is not sold on the contract even though it seems like the going rate based on Jimmy Howard’s contract from last season.
When the Toronto Maple Leafs traded for Tim Gleason on New Years Day, many fans had a hard time grasping what exactly they were getting. Less then four years earlier Gleason was an anchor for Team USA at the Olympics, playing big minutes including being on the ice for a large chunk of overtimer in the gold medal game. More recently however, Gleason had seen himself a healthy scratch for a weak Carolina Hurricanes team. TSN’s Jonas Segal takes a look at how Gleason is fitting in well on the Maple Leafs blueline and making an impact on a team that needed a steady defensive presence.
In his last full season, Ryan Getzlaf looked like a shell of himself. The one time superstar had almost become a liability to the Anaheim Ducks. Now he is a top-5 scorer in the league and has already set a personal record for goals in a season with 30 games to go. While many will point to the allure of Team Canada as a driving force for Getzlaf, Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshinski chalks it up to something as simple as his maturation as both a hockey player and as a man.