Avs to be without Varlamov for at least 2 weeks

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Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov will miss at least two weeks with a lower-body injury, coach Jared Bednar said Friday.

“He’s not ready,” Bednar told reporters. “The goal is to get him back on the ice before the All-Star break. … The plan is to be cautious with him, and then turn him loose for the second half.”

Varlamov, who is 13-9-2 with a 2.87 goals-against average this season, last played Jan. 3 against Winnipeg, leaving the game early after feeling soreness while making a move in net.

He was limited to 24 games last season due to a nagging groin injury that he attempted to remedy through hip surgery.

Jonathan Bernier will continue to be the team’s No. 1 goalie, while Andrew Hammond will serve as the backup since being recalled from Belleville of the American Hockey League.



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