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Photo: Doug Pensinger

In Patrick Roy’s first game as head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, he set the tone of the Avs’ season when he got into a glass-shoving incident with Bruce Boudreau on the bench. The Avs, who went from worst to first this season, have taken on Roy’s fiery personality.

Even young Russian daffodil Semyon Varlamov has allowed parts of Roy’s take no shit attitude to seep into his game. Consider Friday night against the Minnesota Wild.

In Game One, as the Wild’s Mikko Koivu attempted to pressure an Avs breakout, he got a bit too close to Varlamov’s crease and he learned that you DON’T SASS THE VARLAMONSTER.

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Doing his best reverse-Sean Avery imitation, Varly proceeded to stick his glove and blocker in Koivu’s face and shuffle like he was MC Hammer. It may look ridiculous but it’s because of the cup or something.

Varly’s newfound aggression makes Braden Holtby look patient and reserved.

Go figure.

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  • Owen Johnson

    Didn’t see this. I’m watching the ≥2OT epic in Pittsburgh.

  • RESmith
  • Sarah

    I wish I could still like Varly.

  • Mike Dietz

    Varly :(

  • Yo8

    I still like him because he wasn’t found guilty! Now, I’m still waiting for those pictures with the “evidence” so I better see that woman ruin him at the end of the playoffs. That would actually change my opinion.

  • Sarah

    Hilarious! Not as good as the #buttcheck at the Olympics, but I guess you don’t have to board a guy with your butt if you get all freaky on him. Looks like Koivu got the message.
    What a game. Seriously, even I love what Roy is doing, and that’s coming from a Stars fan. I cannot friggin’ wait to see what both our top lines grow up to be. Let’s crank this rivalry back up!

  • klo326

    OMG I can’t stop laughing! Did you ever recover your Varly bobblehead? He was found innocence because his girlfriend was crazy. Not saying it didn’t happen but the prosecutor realize that they couldn’t put her on the stand or the jury would have thought she made him do it.. crazy drunk Russians

  • Ellie

    Totally reminds me of this

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBSTMYYIRQ4

  • Just_sayin3

    Roy is one crazy SOB, but look at the Avs now!

  • Ternesti

    Man the Avs are fun to watch this year with Duchene, Stastny, O’Reilly, Landeskog, MacKinnon, Parenteau, Barrie, Johnson and Varly. Patrick Roy brought soul and passion back to Colorado.

  • Fait

    I can NOT stop laughing at this! Koivu’s face in the top pic is just priceless!

  • Myan

    I’m with you. I can’t really support a guy whose girlfriend comes to the police covered in bruises consistent with a physical assault. The case only got dismissed because it couldn’t be proven beyond reasonable doubt and that’s just really unfortunate.

  • Graham Dumas

    You’re confusing dismissal with a finding of not guilty. Only the latter entails a failure to prove beyond a reasonable doubt; dismissal is what happens when there’s a lack of evidence, and the prosecution can’t prove its case under any circumstances. Given most counties’ conviction rates (about 95% + where I practice), I think it’s safe to say that the case against Varly was really, really weak, since the prosecution couldn’t even get him to plead to a much-reduced charge of some sort.

  • Myan
  • Graham Dumas

    Right, so what the prosecution was saying was that they lacked sufficient evidence to make their case at trial–very different from when a jury finds “not guilty.” Puck Daddy’s article kind of muddied the waters by using the term “reasonable doubt” to describe the matter. That’s very common and understandable when non-lawyers write about the law, but it doesn’t promote greater understanding of the issues.

    Think about it this way: the prosecution is the greatest advocate of its own case; when even they decide that they can’t make anything stick, including the lesser offenses they charged later, it really tells you something about the state of that case. I don’t know anything about the prosecutors in Denver, but if they’re anything like their NYC colleagues, they don’t back down too easily, especially when it’s a high-profile domestic-violence case.

    Also worth noting: if CO is anything like NY, they may have a law out there that, when a case is dismissed or when the defendant wins at trial, directs sealing of the defendant’s records and that the entire case be treated as a “legal nullity,” basically as if it never happened. The whole point of those laws is to try and return a defendant, as much as possible, to their legal and social position prior to when the charges were filed.

  • Eric Schulz

    I wish Francois Allaire was our goalie coach.

  • Myan

    Good to know but I hope you can understand how it’s difficult for a woman to support a guy after those allegations are made, even if they were later dismissed.

  • Graham Dumas

    Emotionally, I understand you completely. As a lawyer, though, I think it’s unfortunate that you and many others feel that way, since your totally understandable response to the situation doesn’t leave room for doubt of the complaining witness or error by the police in their initial investigation.

  • OVECHKING

    Ilya Kovalchuk, who is among one of the most respected players by his fellow peers, rarely ever gets involved in stuff like this. Yet, he came out publicly and said before the trail even began Varly’s GF was just looking for a way to get her green card and the charges were false. Very uncharacteristic of Kovalchuk but he seemed genuinely angered by the entire situation and even went as far as to call her a “princess”. You would have to think Kovy, who is probably privy to more information about the nature of Varly’s relationship than most people, knew something was up before it happened and when it happened he was not really surprised.

    Based on the facts and numerous people saying Varly was not guilty of anything, Who knows what actually happened but based on the verdict he did not do anything wrong. Most cases like this rarely end with a non guilty verdict.

    Regardless of all this and bringing it back to hockey he’s arguably the best goalie this organization ever produced. However, if he remained with this team, I feel as if he would still have chronic injuries and never play to his potential, like literally every other prospect this organization has produced. For this reason, I want varly to succeed, as I do with Eakin and Matty P, to show how terribly run this organization is.

    FFGMGM and Fire Oates.

  • Myan

    I encourage you to respect a woman’s opinion about a domestic violence case and refrain from trying to convince her that the accused did nothing wrong.

  • OVECHKING

    I respected your opinion. I shared my view on it. I don’t know where you are going with this. This is a hockey board. Lets leave it at that.

  • Sarah

    Graham, thank you very much for the explanation. I work with domestic violence victims professionally and have no lack of empathy for victims; if there had been evidence to convict him, I am not the sort to look the other way just because someone happens to be famous and talented. Hell, I stopped supporting the Dallas Cowboys (and the NFL in general) because I got sick of cheering for felons. No more football. Screw it.
    But I’m also passionate about our justice system, if not as informed about it as someone with a legal background. Presumption of innocence must be honored, I at least get that, and slander is a crime just as much as violence is. Before anybody had a clue what happened (and most of us still don’t) I reserved all judgment, and after the dismissal just didn’t know what to think so I tried to ignore it. I really appreciate your clarification. Being passionate about standing up to violence doesn’t mean stripping accused people of their rights. Let’s focus our attention on settled cases and their victims; there are, God knows, plenty of those.

  • Graham Dumas

    +1000

  • Graham Dumas

    Technical point: there was no verdict in this matter, not guilty or otherwise.

  • OVECHKING

    You are right. My mistake.

    Today, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter passed a way. A guy who spent 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. He spent the rest of his life fighting for victims who were falsely charged. His case also had part to do with shoddy police work and racism but it pretty tough to read about the hardship he went through.People have to be careful when labelling someone innocent or a criminal.

  • Yo8

    What bruises? If we watched the same video from the day after his arrest where she showed her face then either I need glasses or she is really good with make up.

  • Yo8

    Oh, right. If he would have found not guilty people wouldn’t be accusing him of being guilty so the dismissal wasn’t exactly a good conclusion for his image.

    All I’m saying is where are the pictures and the hospital report? I’m still waiting and hoping to see them. I find it completely fuck up that people would just believe a woman and send a guy to jail over her word. If there is no evidence then you shouldn’t be able to send anyone to jail but unfortunately, that isn’t the case in this country.

    Someone gets falsely accused of homicide and people question the system but if it is rape or domestic violence it can’t be false. It just doesn’t happen or it’s just the minority of cases and not the majority so send the bastard right away to jail.

    She said she was going to demonstrate what a drunk monster he is so I’m still waiting and open to see what she got.

  • Matt
  • Graham Dumas

    I assume your response was to me, but I don’t really understand it, since you seem to be arguing that I’m not giving Varly the benefit of the doubt, when actually quite the opposite is true.

    I don’t think you understood my point about the difference between “not guilty” and the prosecutor’s having dropped the charges. A “not guilty” verdict is actually much less probative of the defendant’s innocence, since technically all it means is that the prosecution failed, in the eyes of the jury, to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a shadow of a doubt. That’s not what happened to Varly.

    On the other hand, when the prosecution actively drops the charges, that appears much more indicative that the proof just wasn’t there to begin with (which I think is what you’re insinuating in your post). I Varly’s case, the prosecution appeared to believe the evidence was so weak that they couldn’t even make him plead guilty to a low misdemeanor. All that tends to imply to a much greater degree than a not guilty verdict that Varly was innocent (rather than simply not “technically” guilty).

    Both of my posts thoroughly (I thought) questioned the criminal justice system and the implicit guilt assigned to any person accused of any crime. Nor am I alone on that front–just ask any public defender worth her salt how she feels about the veracity of most criminal charges filed in her jurisdiction.

    All that being said, I think we can successfully attack the charges against Varly, and the incorrect notion that he must have been “guilty of something,” without personally attacking the GF, or DV victims generally.

  • Fedor

    His case was dismissed. It’s not like he’s done nothing bad with an asterisk that he might have. It’s fair to consider the guy as if the whole story never happened. The rest is just gossip. If I go and tell the police that you beat me up, does that mean you are all of a sudden bad and not likable? If you hear interview of his girlfriend’s friend, it was clear that the girl went for the jackpot and never really hid it.

  • Fedor

    No, I can’t. Do you believe everything you hear? Do you believe everyone who goes to/calls police? There are pretty crazy allegations surfacing in the media from time to time.

    Since ancient times it’s been known that almost always the accuser gets sympathy. But only until the defendant pleads his case.

  • GetchaGrubbOn

    @1:37 1997 Shanahan doing 2014 Shanahan things

  • Myan

    Have you ever heard a rumor or allegation about anyone and even after signs point to them being cleared of wrong-doing you’re still left with a bad taste in your mouth? There’s just something about him that rubs me the wrong way. Maybe that’ll change in the future, maybe it won’t but that’s wholly up to me to decide. I don’t understand why so many of you feel the need to get me to like this guy. I don’t think I should have to justify why I don’t like him. Lay off.

  • Fedor

    As to your question, no, I don’t remember such feelings.
    I don’t want you to like him, I just think the whole story should be done with. Nothing against you personally, but I just think everyone should move on.

  • Yo8

    I wasn’t talking about you when I said people still find him guilty because some do :)

    The case against him was weak tho that doesn’t mean he is innocent since after all there are real victims that can’t prove their cases over lack of evidence (still can’t send anyone to jail), but her case had physical “evidence” with pictures and a hospital report to confirm it. Those haven’t appeared yet and I’m still waiting to see them. I will probably going to wait forever.

  • Graham Dumas

    OK, I gotcha. And you’re correct, there’s a difference btw dismissal and actual (as opposed to legal) innocence. But in this case, you’re likely never to see the evidence, whatever its state was, as Colorado has a law sealing dismissed criminal case files. (The law requires the defendant to make an application to seal the file, but I’m guessing Varly’s lawyer already took care of that.)

    Also, Varly didn’t go to jail in the sense that a court convicted him of anything. He was arrested and processed; when you’re charged with a felony, as he was, I believe, you’re going to do a night in jail before you see a judge, who may or may not release you or set bail. That’s true regardless of the evidence against you (provided there’s enough to actually arrest you in the first place).

  • OVECHKING

    No one here is making you like anyone. You expressed your opinion on varly and you did it in a public forum. The constitution allows me and others to share our opinions on the subject matter as well. There is nothing personal here. You stated that you don’t like him that fine, that’s your opinion. You are simply blowing this out of proportion, being sensative and dare I say playing the “victim card” here for alleging we are all trying to manipulate you.

    Say I had originally posted a comment generally saying I dont get why there are some people who think he is still guilty when nothing as been proven. I can sure as bet you would respond to me saying you don’t agree with my view point. If you did, I wouldn’t be replying to you saying “stop trying to convince me otherwise”. Again, you posted in a public forum, you should be prepared to have your opinions refuted or discussed. No one is making anything personal you are just viewing it that view because people are disagreeing with you.

    Finally, as Fedor said “everyone should move on” that’s exactly what I tried to do at the end of my original comment tying Varly back to the franchise and its hockey decisions. Yet you continued to discuss the other issues.

  • Yo8

    About the sealing of the criminal files. The woman’s lawyer said they were going for a civil lawsuit. IDK if they abandoned this already but if they haven’t, then they still have the evidence on their hands, right? It is not like the court can take it just like that or they just did that already?