Down One Russian: Semyon Varlamov to Russia Apparently

The site’s called Russian Machine Never Breaks, so we’ve got a vested interest in the unibrowed wonder called Semyon Varlamov.

Reports everywhere say that Varly will not sign with the Capitals and will play instead in the KHL next season.

This whole thing could’ve been avoided if only we had learned…

After the jump, some RMNB memories of Varly.

If the rumors are true, we must all wish Semyon Varlamov the best in his future endeavors. This is a profoundly stupid career move for him and a distinct failure by the Capitals organization, so let’s hope our good tidings alone are enough to numb the sting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1537654379 Marianne Harding

    Don’t forget the promo for ESPN with Ovi where Varly played Ceiling Cat.

  • varly_fan

    Please let Varly stay. Please. *fingers crossed*

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7807318 Peter Hassett

    That is “late night filings”, except the video’s not working!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7807318 Peter Hassett

    Let me raise a couple points here that I didn’t in the main post.

    First, it’s a good thing that the training staff’s care of Varly is a topic of discussion. There’s enough blame to go around, and this blame might actually lead to changes that will help players.

    Second, the silence from Varlamov’s NHL agent and the ceaseless chatter from his Russian counterpart is curious and worthy of remark.

    Third, Varly visiting Hershey for a conditioning trip at such a late hour is patently bizarre behavior.

    Fourth, I love Holtby, but he’s still green. He could go either way. The Caps just jumped from 2.5 goalies to 1.5. Consternation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/classicaldreamer Dawn Watson

    I agree with Varly_Fan. Please let him stay. It’ll break my heart if he leaves.

  • http://twitter.com/ianoland Ian Oland

    I updated the post with a new YouTube. So it works now. The video must have been deleted when WashingtonCapitalsHD closed their account! A sad, sad day.

    http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/2011/01/04/alex-ovechkin-and-semyon-varlamov-espn-sportscenter-commercial/

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7807318 Peter Hassett

    Ah, thanks. REPLY COMMENT DOT COM

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1537654379 Marianne Harding

    Ah, you were too subtle for me.

  • SeanL

    Honestly, while I could certainly see him leaving for the KHL, I still don’t think it’s a done deal. This is a negotiating tactic by his Russian agent (note he has two different agents, one for North America and one for Russia). Note how no official North Americans have picked up this yet, just Russians. And it’s mostly just one lesser known Russian reporter being cited as the source.

    Varly might go to the KHL, but I’ll wait until someone in NA says it’s happening before I bet on it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7807318 Peter Hassett

    I completely agree, SeanL. And given the drama between teams in the KHL right now, I wouldn’t be surprised if some the rabble were part of teams’ agendas to secure Varly’s rights. 

  • http://twitter.com/ianoland Ian Oland

    The thing that I don’t understand is: Why would Varly leave when he could become the #1 goalie for the Capitals next year?  Why throw that opportunity away? All Varly has to do is be consistent, play the way he can, and stay healthy.  I still feel he’s the most talented goalie of the three. All he does now is risk irritating George McPhee who’ll still hold his rights. Plus, he’ll have to wait one additional year to become a UFA in the NHL and really start raking in the cash.  I hold out hope that Varly and the Capitals can find a resolution here. I hope this is all posturing from his Russian agent to put a scare into the negotiations.  But I’m losing hope by the day.  

  • http://twitter.com/ianoland Ian Oland
  • Sonja Andrews

    I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one who’s thinking that the news out of Russia may be designed to stir the pot (so to speak).  A.  It means I’m not crazy … okay, it’s one piece of evidence and the jury is still out ;)  B. It means that it might have some traction. 

    OTOH … yes, Holtby is green and all of that.  However, his style is very compatible with Neuvy’s style in net.  They both play a technically proficient game.  Varly’s style is the outlier … he relies on athleticism and acrobatics to be proficient.  I think both styles have benefits and drawbacks … so I’m not criticizing.  But I think it’s going to come down to whether or not the goalie coaches want complementary styles (Neuvy & Varly complement each other) in their goalie barn, or compatible (Neuvy & Holtby are similar) styles.

  • Eddie

    I like Varly and all, but I won’t be as disappointed as it seems you guys are if he does indeed leave. He’s hurt all the time, and besides, we have quite the crop of good young goalies, so it won’t be a devastating loss. Personally, I think Holtby is going to end up being the best of the three (of Neuvy, Holtby, and Varly). If Varly does leave, I see the Caps signing a veteran and splitting the starting job with Neuvy, and by the middle of the year (or sooner) I’d bet Holtby will be up to stay.

  • WyomingKev

    HAHAHAHA I love this post so much that is maybe the funniest thing I’ve ever seen YES.

  • UnleashTheFury

    Digging the new comments! WOO :D

  • http://twitter.com/ianoland Ian Oland

    WOOOOOOO!!!

  • JinxRinx

    Agree that Varly going to Hershey is bizarre, if the KHL is where he’s going.

  • Guest

    how is this a failure for the Caps organization?

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Russian Machine Never Breaks

    Peter here. I think it’s a failure because they’re allowing a player whose rights they hold (for another 24 hours) to walk without getting anything in return.

  • http://twitter.com/vtcapsfan99 vtcapsfan99

    Great post, thanks for the recap of all the Varly memories.  I am so sad to see him go.  I will always remember his happy bunny hops celebrating the Winter Classic win.

    Some other good posts involve Varly giving interviews in English:
    http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/2010/11/12/varly-rehabs-in-hershey-gives-first-english-tv-interview/

    And this English interview goes along with your Rehabbing in Hershey again post:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWH5F1X4O4s

  • Devin Shannon

    I agree with Ian.  Varly is the most talented of the three.  All he has to do is stay healthy and play his game and he wil be the #1 in Washington if he wants it bad enough.  I am not going to get upset until something official is released.  Why would he be going to Hershey if he wasn’t coming back?  I think it is a negotiating tactic by his agent to try and get more money.  Let’s keep our collective fingers crossed!

  • Devin Shannon

    I agree with Ian.  Varly is the most talented of the three.  All he has to do is stay healthy and play his game and he wil be the #1 in Washington if he wants it bad enough.  I am not going to get upset until something official is released.  Why would he be going to Hershey if he wasn’t coming back?  I think it is a negotiating tactic by his agent to try and get more money.  Let’s keep our collective fingers crossed!

  • Noah

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.