CSNWashington.com reported today that Washington Capitals goaltender Semyon Varlamov is unlikely to return to the team next season.
The Capitals have issued a qualifying contract which retains his rights but also gives the club the ability to match any contract offer made by another NHL team. Varlamov has also talked about going back to play in the KHL in Russia. If the goaltender does go to Russia, the Capitals will receive no compensation.
Should Varlamov leave, the Capitals have two proven goalies that could step in. Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth are two excellent players between the pipes. Hotlby went 10-2-2 last season with a GAA of 1.79. Neuvirth was just as effective going 27-12-4 with a GAA of 2.45. Neuvirth, however, struggled in the postseason going 4-5 with a 2.34 GAA.
This comes as a surprise from Semyon Varlamov as just earlier this month the 23 year old Varlamov expressed interest in staying in Washington D.C. next season.