The New York Islanders have signed UFA goalie Semyon Varlamov in free agency. They now have their starting goalie for 2019-20, hopefully, he can be as good as the one he replaces.
New York Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello has brought in goalie Semyon Varlamov on a four-year deal. The former Washington Capital and Colorado Avalanche goalie signed a deal to be with the Isles after a down year in Colorado.
The AAV on the deal is still unknown but we will update you as the information comes along.
Still Good Goalie
Semyon Varlamov didn’t have a great year with the Colorado Avalanche in 2018-19. In 49 games played last season, he posted a 2.87 GAA and a 0.909 SV% with a 20-19-9 record. Obviously, not great numbers. But Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss didn’t have great seasons before starting with the Islanders.
Varlamov has quality in him. Just last season he had a 2.68 GAA and a 0.920 SV% for the Colorado Avalanche. Six seasons ago, Varlamov was a Vezina finalist and finished fourth in Hart trophy voting with a 2.41 GAA and a 0.927 SV%.
Give him Mitch Korn and Piero Greco to work with and Barry Trotz’s defensive system he could be that goalie again.
Robin Lehner Walks
The Islanders didn’t bring back Robin Lehner after a magical 2018-2019 season. He instead signed another one-year deal for $5 million with the Chicago Blackhawks. This came as a huge surprise as he was hoping for a longer term deal.
Allegedly, the Islanders offered him a two-year deal with an AAV of $5 million so I’m really not too sure what went wrong there, but clearly, something didn’t work out.
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Lou Lamoriello clearly has eyes on Ilya Sorokin to be the future of the New York Islanders crease. And Semyon Varlamov is a friend of his. A short-term deal for Varlamov is a bridge to Sorokin.
Update: The AAV is $5 million per which just makes this situation that much more strange.