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The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - November 6th, 2013

Doug Pensinger

Jason Arnott has officially announced his retirement.

Arnott had not played since the end of the 2011-’12 season.

"I am very proud and appreciative of the fact I was able to play at the highest level for 19 years, with the best players in the world," Arnott said in the NHLPA release announcing his retirement. "Each of the teams I played for provided me with great experiences and memories, and our Stanley Cup team in New Jersey certainly stands out among all of them."

The Colorado Avalanche take on the Nashville Predators.

The Avalanche are expected to continue that trend with Varlamov drawing the start in their attempt at the best start in franchise history Wednesday night against the Nashville Predators.

Colorado coach Patrick Roy made a controversial move Friday by starting Varlamov two days after he was arrested for alleged domestic abuse. Allowed to travel with the team following one night in jail, the team's No. 1 goaltender stopped 27 shots in a 3-2 win in Dallas.

"I think I am the luckiest guy in the world because I play in the NHL and I play for this team," Varlamov said. "I've got such good teammates, so I don't think about what's happening."

Fedor Tyutin, a defenseman for the Columbus Blue Jackets, has come out in support of Semyon Varlamov.

"I’m well acquainted personally with Semyon," Tyutin told R-Sport on Tuesday. "He’s a pretty upstanding, tactful guy. When I heard all this, I immediately understood it was blown out of proportion."

"It’s just that American laws are on the woman’s side, so they can go to the police over some tiny thing, make a complaint and cause a lot of problems for the male gender. So Semyon’s only mistake was that he got together with this girl."

Canada's Prime Minister is releasing his book about the history of hockey. (There is an ad that starts automatically at the top of the page, but it can be paused.)

A Great Game, 289 pages excluding fulsome footnotes and statistical addendums, hits the shelves Tuesday. Excerpts have already appeared in newspapers. Thus far, publisher Simon & Schuster has given no indication whether the PM will embark on a promotional tour, though Harper has already granted one interview to Maclean’s. Given the immense curiosity over this quirky project, Harper probably doesn’t need to hit the exhausting book tour road for 7 a.m. radio chats and local store signings. Without doing any of the donkey book-thumping work, chances are pretty good that thousands of Canadians will find A Great Game in their Christmas stockings. Instant bestseller status — all royalties going to the Canadian Forces Personnel and Family Support Services.

Harper has dedicated the book "To Canada’s military families, past and present."

There are privileges that come with being a PM-cum-first-time-author.