Semyon Varlamov: 'Many people just understand whole situation'

Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov is thankful for the support from his fans after his arrest last...

Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov is thankful for the support from his fans after his arrest last month on domestic violence-related charges. (Dave Thomas/QMI Agency)

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Embattled Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov is thankful for support from his fans after his arrest last month on domestic violence-related charges in which he is accused of throwing his girlfriend against a wall and stomping on her in a drunken rage.

Varlamov was interviewed by the managing editor of the Moscow-based Russia Beyond the Headlines, which was translated from Russian to English and published in the Denver Post.

"I believe many people just understand the whole situation," he said. "Thanks for your support."

When asked to say something specific about the situation involving his girlfriend, Russian model Eugenia Vavrinyuk, he declined to comment.

"What do you mean? I'm giving no comments regarding the situation you're referring to. But I see the support from my fans and my country. I can feel it."

Varlamov is off to a hot start with the Avs, going 8-2-0 with a 2.10 goals-against average and .933 save percentage.

DUBINSKY TALKS TORTS

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky is the latest player to comment on his time in New York with former Rangers head coach John Tortorella.

And he wasn't surprised Tortorella was fired during the offseason.

"I think my relationship with Torts fell apart the last year I was there and I just felt like his relationships with some of the other players could be doing the same thing so I guess that sums it up as to why I wasn't completely surprised that it happened," Dubinsky told the Bergen Record.

Meanwhile, teammate Marian Gaborik avoided the question altogether.

"You guys know better, I wasn't there anymore."

Tortorella was hired by the Vancouver Canucks a month after the team fired Alain Vigneault during the offseason. Incidentally, Vigneault was hired to coach the Rangers.

NO TREAT FOR ZAJAC

It was more trick than treat for Travis Zajac on Halloween night.

The struggling New Jersey Devils centre, who missed two games with a sprained right ankle, received some criticism while giving out candy last week.

"I actually got told by a kid on Halloween that I was doing nothing offensively," Zajac told the Bergen Record.

Zajac is well aware of his offensive woes, tallying only one goal and three assists in 12 games entering Thursday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

"I think I just have to get to positions where I can get shots away and try to get to the net a little more and keep my stick on the ice," he said. "And when I get the puck, I have to be patient and try and make some plays and try to find some guys who are going to get good shots away."

Zajac is back in the Devils lineup after watching the last two games on TV, 1-0 and 4-0 losses to the Flyers and Minnesota Wild respectively.

NASH NOT IMPROVING

It's been nearly a month since New York Rangers forward Rick Nash suffered a concussion and still there's no timetable for his return.

After taking an elbow from San Jose Sharks defenceman Brad Stuart on Oct. 8, Nash has not been seen around the team but reportedly has been doing some physical activity at the Rangers' training centre in Westchester.

Thursday night's game against the Blue Jackets would have marked Nash's first game back in Columbus since his July 2012 trade to the Rangers.

"It would have been nice for Rick to be there for the first time," Rangers forward Derick Brassard told ESPNNewYork.com. "It would have been nice for the fans in Columbus to see him again. I just hope he's going to be healthy real soon."

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who has a history of concussions, reached out to Nash to give him support.

"It's tough to see when guys are going through something like that," Crosby said. "Hopefully, he's improving."

BRIEFLY

The New Jersey Devils placed veteran winger Patrik Elias on injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 30 and activated defenceman Peter Harrold. Elias is out of the lineup due to back spasms ... Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy is moving highly-touted rookie Nathan MacKinnon back to centre on the third line, according to the Denver Post. Roy said the move is to better utilize MacKinnon's speed and passing ability ... Carolina Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller expects forward Jeff Skinner to be out two more weeks with an apparent hand injury, according to the Raleigh News & Observer ... The Nashville Predators sent rookie forward Filip Forsberg to AHL Milwaukee and called up Taylor Beck to take his place. Forsberg has seen his ice time drop in recent games ... The Phoenix Coyotes assigned forward Andy Miele to the Portland Pirates of the AHL.


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