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Semyon Varlamov is out with yet another injury, while the Chicago Blackhawks have the feel-good story of the year

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Another year, another Semyon Varlamov injury.

It seems almost a foregone conclusion at this point, but the news must be reported nonetheless: the Colorado Avalanche will be without goaltender Semyon Varlamov for at least a few days, as he sits out with what’s reported to be a muscle injury.

The good news is that apparently, it’s not something serious - which, for the Avalanche, is a best-case scenario when it comes to Varlamov and injuries. The bad news, though, is that it’s muscular, which is all too familiar for fans of the team; while Varlamov could be dealing with something other than a groin muscle, it sounds like that could be his issue once again.

For now, Andrew Hammond will back up Jonathan Bernier, which is a nerve-wracking situation for a fringe team to be in. [Mile High Hockey]

While that’s not great news, though, this is a significantly better position for Colorado to be in than they were last year. With that in mind, is it being too optimistic to consider the playoffs out of the question? [MHH]

Speaking of optimism, there’s another Central Division club that’s getting a healthy dose of it.

Jeff Glass was drafted in the third round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators - but after a crowded depth chart left him unlikely to sniff NHL action, he opted to take his services overseas.

Now, 13 years after he was first selected, Glass has not only made his NHL debut - which came in the form of an overtime win over the Edmonton Oilers this past weekend - but he’s made three NHL starts, taking home a 2-0-1 record in the process.

It’s an incredible story, and it’s been a long time in the making. [InGoal Mag]

Speaking of goalies...

If you’re a follower of the World Juniors, we’ve got some more player interviews to keep you happy. Team USA’s Ryan Poehling and Kieffer Bellows both gave chats after pulling off a quarterfinal win over Team Russia this week. [Habs Eye On The Prize]

Finally, have you seen the new All Star Game jerseys?

They’re real ugly.

SB Nation’s Tampa Bay beat took a look at Steven Stamkos earning the nod as the Atlantic Division captain, showing his presence is highly valued in his first fully healthy season (so far) since his 2014-15 campaign. [Raw Charge]