Report: Semyon Varlamov negotiating with Capitals, continues to garner interest from KHL

June 20, 2011

The Capitals have yet to reach an agreement with goalie Semyon Varlamov, who is set to become a restricted free agent on July 1, but the two sides continue to negotiate, according to Sport-Express’s Slava Malamud.

Varlamov, who is set to become a restricted free agent on July 1, told Malamud that Washington made an offer months ago but that discussions continue. The 23-year-old goaltender is also considering interest from Kontinental Hockey League teams, but Varlamov said he would still like to play in Washington and fight to reclaim the No. 1 goaltending spot.

You can check out the full series of tweets here, and we’ll have more on Varlamov later today.

When the Capitals’ season ended back in May, General Manager George McPhee was blunt when asked about the possibility of Varlamov going to play in the KHL.

“If he wants to go to the KHL, let him go,” McPhee said then. “This is the best league in the world, and most players want to play here. I don’t pay any attention to that stuff with any of the European players. If they want to go to Europe to play, go back to play. If that’s what they do, then you’ve got the wrong guy.”

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