Avs players react to Varlamov's arrest

3:36 PM, Oct 31, 2013   |    comments
Oct 2, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov (1) and left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) celebrate after the game against the Anaheim Ducks at the Pepsi Center. The Avalanche won 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
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KUSA - Avalanche players said Thursday after practice they will not let the news that one of their teammates was arrested on domestic violence related charges get them off course.

Colorado Avalanche starting goalie Semyon Varlamov is facing charges of second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault.

His girlfriend says the encounter happened Monday at her home in the 1700 block of Bassett Street.

Avalanche team captain Gabriel Landeskog said the incident will not disrupt the locker room and the team's 10-1 start. Colorado plays Friday at Dallas then Saturday at home against Montreal.

"It won't affect us at all," Landeskog said. "We're focusing on what we can control right now, and that is preparing the best way for tomorrow."

Avalanche right winger PA Parenteau said the team is supporting Varlamov, who will be with the team in Dallas. The Avs said they will not call up a goalie from the minor leagues.

"We're behind him 100 percent. He's a big part of what we've been doing so far, a huge part actually. We're behind him, and hopefully it takes care of itself," Parenteau said.

Avalanche backup goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere said the team is prepared to face the challenge ahead. He is 3-0 in his starts this season (with two shutouts), and the 36-year-old knows his role.

"I don't know what's going to happen coming up, but for me it doesn't change the fact that I try to approach every day as a day-to-day thing," Giguere said. "Whatever happens today, I'll just take care of it, try to face it, then I'll move on to the next day and see what happens. That's my theory on that."

He added: "You know, a bunch of things can happen in the season. You have to be able to face them as a team. I think if we take that challenge on as a team then we'll be OK."

Varlamov appeared in a Denver court on Thursday.

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