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Islanders Semyon Varlamov confusingly linked to trade for cap space

Semyon Varlamov #40 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Semyon Varlamov’s name has come up in trade rumors. And it’s rather confusing as to why the New York Islanders would move their starter.

When Semyon Varlamov was brought in as a free agent, many New York Islanders fans were shaking their heads. Why let Vezina finalist Robin Lehner leave as a free agent to get a guy who averaged a 0.909SV% and 2.87GAA with the Colorado Avalanche?

But in 45 games (39 starts) Varlamov proved that he’s a good NHL starter.