Avs Trade for Varlamov: Over Payment?
Avs Gamble Big!
After it looked like it was all but sure the Avs would get Vokoun, the team shocks the hockey nation and trades and first and a second/third next year for the rights to negotiate Semyon Varlamov. This move has to scream the rebuild is over because otherwise that first rounder could be a lottery pick in a deep draft next year.
The biggest question it has raised is what will happen to Vokoun now, where really no team is looking for a starter still. My bet is it is off to Europe for Tomas. I like Varly and the acquisition, however the amount the Avs gave up for a guy who already said he wasn't going to play for Washington no matter what is rediculous.
Varlamov could become a franchise goalie for Colorado, or a bust. This was quite the gamble by the Avs GM and I am so far not really ok with it.
UPDATE: Colorado signs him to a 2 yr 5.5 mil deal. The numbers are good, the trade is not! No way do you trade a first rounder for a back up, so Vokoun is not coming!