The Colorado Avalanche have signed goaltender Semyon Varlamov to a new five-year deal extension through the 2018-19 season, the squad revealed on Thursday.
No financial figures were informed, though multiple media reports say the contract is worth $29.5 million, an average annual value of $5.9 million.
The 25-year-old goaltender is 27-9-5 with a 2.47 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and one shutout in 43 games this season. He earned his career-high 27th victory Thursday night with a 5-4 win against the Minnesota Wild.
Varlamov, who would have been a restricted free agent after this season, was named to Russia’s team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. It will be his second straight appearance at the Olympics; he was named to the Russian team in 2010 but did not play.
According to the sources – “It was a big day for us,” Coach Patrick Roy said. “I’m sure it’s a great day for Varly as well. He certainly deserved that contract. We’re very happy it’s a done deal.”
“It’s a good thing to sign the deal right now so I don’t have to worry about the contract situation anymore,” Varlamov said. “Now I can stay focused on my game. The Olympics is coming and that’s a big thing, too. I don’t have to worry about the contract and the Olympics.”
Varlamov is 11-1-1 in his past 13 starts and 14-1-5 in his past 22 games, including 20 starts. He went 11-0-5 over a span of 16 starts from Dec. 12 through Jan. 18, equaling the longest streak without a regulation loss in franchise history. Varlamov is 10-1-1 this month, setting the franchise record for wins in January.