Semyon Varlamov's agent Vyacheslav Makhrensky Varlamov commented about Varlamov's choice of KHL and also said that Varlamov received improper medical treatment from Washington Capitals medical staff.
Pavel Lysenkov, SovSport.ru, June 30, 2011:
What is Semyon looking for?
He has a contract offer from the Washington and from Russia. As of today Varlamov has chosen KHL.
Where is Semyon now?
He flew to US on Wednesday.
You mean, he agreed to the NHL's contract offer?
No, Semyon wants to work with a [fitness] coach from Hershey who normally trains him in the offseason. This specialist also works for the NFL. He is supposed to improve Varlamov fitness off-ice and in the gym. And when Semyon will return, I think it will be in the mid-July, he will start on-ice training with the goalie coach Jussi Parkkila, who has been training him for the last 4 years.
There was a stereotype that Varlamov is injury prone. But his father said it was because he received improper medical treatment from Washington Capitals medical staff.
He is in a good shape! When Semyon returned to Russia after the season, we conducted a thorough medical examination. We did not find any scars in those places where there previously were groin injuries. In fact the treatment by Capitals medical staff is problematic. The doctors in Russia are better. The Washington Capitals doctor would say, "He is alright, he can play.", but Semyon felt that he still had a sore knee. So he goes out and play and again gets injured. And the injury was not even too serious, but he couldn't continue to play.
Where there a cases when Washington kept healthy Varlamov on the bench?
It is understandable why it was done. Capitals were preparing for a new contract talks. But they didn't expect that Semyon could choose to go to Russia. The Washington's management thought that they were in control of the situation. But it turned out that they were not.