Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was arrested last week and faces charges of second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault after an incident in which he allegedly dragged, kicked and stomped on his girlfriend at their apartment. On Monday, The New York Times published a story on Varlamov's arrest ... and on how it could possibly spoil the Avalanche's really good season.
"Arrest of the Avalanche’s Goalie Casts a Shadow on a Promising Season," is the headline to The Times's Varlamov's story. "As Keith Martin and his son-in-law drove to the Avalanche’s game here Saturday night against the Montreal Canadiens, they spoke mostly of the dark cloud shadowing the team’s resurgence," the story continues, placing a lot of weight on how the Avalanche's promising season could be lost. And we don't get the first mention of Evgeniya Vavrinyuk, Varlamov's girlfriend and alleged victim, until after we hear about the team's best start, new rookie, and first-year head coach. "The Avalanche players have rallied around Varlamov, whose .875 winning percentage in October was the highest in franchise history, bettering the mark of .800 set by Roy in 2000," The Times added.