The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - November 27th, 2013

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Semyon Varlamov's accuser is asking for money to do interviews.

The latest Sports Illustrated has a good story on the Avalanche and its fast start, written by Sarah Kwak. Titled “Mile High Makeover”, it’s a good piece that has an interesting item about Evgeniya Vavrinyuk, whose allegations against Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov has led to a formal charge of misdemeanor third-degree assault by the Denver District Attorney.

Kwak called Vavrinyuk’s attorney, Robert Abrams, and, to quote from the piece:

When contacted by SI on Nov. 5 about the possibility of interviewing his client, Abrams asked, “What kind of fee are you offering?” When told SI does not pay for interviews, he replied, “Oh, O.K. She’s a little tired from giving interviews. I’m sure you can understand. Thanks so much for the call.” He then hung up.

Fantastic news for Stamkos!

Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos is walking without crutches or a boot two weeks after breaking his right leg and said Monday he fully expects to play again this season.

The high-scoring centre was injured Nov. 11 against Boston. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher after crashing into the post. He had surgery the next day in Boston to stabilize a fractured shin bone and is now walking with a limp.

"To be able to do what I'm doing now and almost comeback to a normal life, being able to just move around on your own, I'm definitely happy with that," said Stamkos, speaking with reporters for the first time since the injury. "I'd say I've overcome the initial shock and frustration and disappointment, and now it's what do I have to do to get back as quick as possible. But obviously as smart as possible."

A KHL team has been fined.

The Continental Hockey League (KHL) has fined Dinamo Riga one million roubles ($30,300) after a Nazi symbol was displayed during a ceremony on the ice before their match against Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk earlier this month.

"Use of any graphic forms showing Nazi signs and symbols, as well as similar images, are inadmissible for the KHL clubs and their fans," the KHL said in a statement on Tuesday.

A military ensemble appeared to unfurl a large swastika on the ice in a ceremony, dedicated to the 95th anniversary of the Latvian Republic, just before Dinamo's 4-3 win on Nov. 17.

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