The New York Islanders play the Flyers tonight, and yesterday we got out first look at what Semyon Varlamov will be wearing when he takes the ice.
After a phenomenal year from Robin Lehner, the New York Islanders decided against doubling down on the Masterton Trophy-winning goalie. They went another direction, signing Semyon Varlamov to a four-year deal.
It was one of the more head-scratching decisions from Lou Lamoriello to date. Apparently, Lou really wanted to trade for Varlamov before the 2018 draft. A year later he decided to sign him instead of re-signing Lehner.
Over the course of his career, Varlamov has a .916 save percentage and a 2.68 goals against average. Four times, he’s had a save percentage above .920 and in 2013-2014 he finished second in Vezina voting.
He will likely split time with Thomas Greiss this year, similar to how the Isles did it with Greiss and Lehner last year. Ultimately, the plan is for Ilya Sorokin to come over here after the season, and hopefully, his buddy Varlamov plays a big role in that.
Yesterday, we got out first look at the mask Semyon Varlamov will be sporting out on the ice.
On top of the lid, he has a big NY in white, with Varly on the bottom and Long Island on one side and Brooklyn on the other. The “Long Island” and “Brooklyn” is in the Islanders name font and the helmet is mostly blue and orange.
There are small silver Islanders logos around the helmet, and the NY up top looks to be on fire. It’s a pretty sweet helmet. Goalies can get creative with their mask and this is one of the better ones that we’ve seen in recent memory.
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