Avalanche goalie Varlamov done for season following hip surgery

Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, of Russia, makes a stick save. (David Zalubowski/AP)

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov will be shut down for the remainder of the season after undergoing hip surgery to repair an injured groin, the team announced on Thursday.

“[Varlamov] has been dealing with groin and hip issues for some time now,” Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic told the Denver Post. “After further evaluation from our team doctors, it was determined that the best road to recovery was surgery. Doing this procedure at this time ensures that Semyon will be fully healthy for the start of training camp.”

Varlamov has missed considerable time throughout his career due to various groin injuries and this year has been no exception, as he has appeared in only 24 games for the struggling Avalanche, posting a 6-17-0 record with an .898 save percentage and 3.38 goals-against average.

24-year-old Calvin Pickard and 21-year-old Spencer Martin are expected to shoulder the load for the Avalanche for the remainder of the season.

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