“He’s not ready,” Bednar said. “The goal is to get him back on the ice before the all-star break.”
The Avs on Thursday called up goaltender Andrew Hammond to back up now-No. 1 goalie Jonathan Bernier, who last week was voted the NHL’s second star. Bernier will start Saturday at Dallas against the Stars.
The Avs have not been specific about Varlamov’s injury, saying only that it’s a lower body muscular injury.
Last season, Varlamov had season-ending surgery on an injured hip on Jan. 26, 2017.
Bednar on Friday said the details of Varlamov’s injury are murky. “Groins and hips and everything, he’s got a strain there,” Bednar said.
Varlamov has started 25 games this season, with a 13-9-2 record (ranking 20th in the NHL for wins), a .912 save percentage (21st) and 2.87 goals-against average (25th).
“The plan is to be cautious with him,” Bednar said. “And then turn him loose for the second half.”
After the Avs play at St. Louis on Jan. 25, they will split for the NHL’ all-star break, then return to play at Vancouver against the Canucks on Jan. 30.