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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Report: Varlamov Signs With SKA St. Petersburg

Via a report out of Russia's Sports.ru, Capitals goaltender Semyon Varlamov has signed a deal with Kontinental Hockey League club SKA St. Petersburg in Russia.  The length of the contract is not known at this time, but it is believed to pay Varlamov an average of about $4 million per season, according to the report. His signing with SKA also indicates a serious change of direction from earlier in the week, when his original KHL club, Lokomotiv Yaroslav, said they would not trade Varlamov's rights to SKA.  But St. Petersburg, the richest club in the KHL which also happens to be lead by the president of the KHL, has apparently won the battle and has acquired Varlamov.
Of course, none of this has been confirmed by the Capitals as until 12:01 AM on July 1, the young Russian is still under contract with DC.  But at this point, it is only a formality; it looks as though Varly is gone.
Thanks to Fedor Fedin and Adam Vingan for passing this along.

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