The Colorado Avalanche have signed goaltender Semyon Varlamov to a new five-year contract extension that goes through the 2018-19 season, the team announced today. The 25 year old Russian native will be pulling $29.5 million, or $5.9 million per season.
“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.”
Varlamov has been thriving under first-year coach and Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy, posting a 26-9-5 record with a 2.43 goals-against average. He’s second in the league in saves (1,199) this season and his 26 wins already match a career high.
He will represent Russia at the Sochi Olympics next month.