EDIT: Stick tap to user Guitarpick8120 for breaking the news in our FanPost section hours ago.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Varlamov extension: 5 years, $29.5 million. An AAV of $5.9 M a year</p>— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) <a href="https://twitter.com/Real_ESPNLeBrun/statuses/429041038666125313">January 30, 2014</a></blockquote>
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According to Pierre Lebrun, the deal is worth $29.5 million, or $5.9 million a year, which is a healthy and well deserved raise from the $2.83 million Varlamov makes today. It's easy to forget that Varlamov is such a young part of this Avalanche team, and that this is his first NHL contract that taps into his UFA years. The Avalanche see Varlamov growing into his prime years as a goaltender and chose not to wait until summer to extend the Russian net minder. From the Avalanche's official press release:
"Undoubtedly, Semyon has been an impact player for us this season," said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic. "At only 25 years old, he is entering the prime years of his career and he wants to be part of this franchise moving forward. We are very excited to have come to terms with him and the fact that he has agreed to a five-year extension demonstrates his commitment to the Avalanche and what we’re trying to accomplish."
But this year?
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