We usually don’t get to see much of Avalanche players when they’re rehabbing from injury. While the Avs are one of the most open teams in the NHL about the general nature of injuries to players, once they are out, you don’t see or hear from them much. It’s team policy that injured players can’t talk to the media, at least on the record. Occasionally, there are exceptions, but that’s it.

Well, thanks to the wonder of social media, in particular the Instagram account of Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov, we can take a peek into his workout routines as he recovers from mid-season hip/groin surgery.

Varly is looking nimble here in this quick-footed exercise. By all accounts, he’ll be 100 percent for training camp in September.


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Adrian Dater

Adrian Dater is a staff writer with BSNDenver. He started his journalism career way, way back in 1988 as a proofreader with the Concord Monitor as a kid out of college (Keene State College), and has wended its way since with a 25-year stop at The Denver Post, 20 of which were spent as the beat writer of the Colorado Avalanche, from its inception in 1995. Adrian has also worked as a primary hockey writer with Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, The Hockey News, Versus.com and Bleacher Report. He is the author of seven sports books, including the best-selling “Blood Feud: Colorado Avalanche v. Detroit Red Wings, The Inside Story of Pro Sports’ Nastiest and Best Rivalry of Its Era” and “100 Things Avalanche Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die”, which was published in October, 2016.

  • bob_w

    Varly has always been considered as an athletic goalie. He is very active and quick in trying to come across the crease on back door and odd man plays. It would seem to me that such a goalie on a team that gives up a lot of odd man rushes, back door plays and generally has players that tend to let their man go would indeed be prone to groin issues and muscle pulls.