Jan 31 2014, 2:36am CST | by Poch de la Rosa
"We are very excited to have to come to terms with him and the fact that he has agreed to a five-year extension demonstrates his commitment to the Avalanche and what we're trying to accomplish."
USA Today Sports' Mike Brehm reports the extension is worth $29.5 million with an average annual cap hit of $5.9 million. He is set to earn $6.25 million, $6 million, $5.75 million and $5.5 million in the succeeding years.
It's a significant raise from the $3 million he's currently earning.
"Thanks to my teammates. I think they play very well for me. That's why I signed the contract.
"I don't think I played that well the first two years (with the Avs)...Thank God the right people (joined) the team during the summer. (Avalanche head coach) Patrick (Roy) and especially (goaltenders coach) Francois Allair. Those guys helped me a lot, changed my game. I want to say thanks to those guys and thanks to my teammates again."
According to Chambers, Varlamov becomes the third active Avalanche player who signed a contract extension before his original deal was set to expire. The first two were left wing Gabe Landeskog and center Matt Duchene.
Chambers also notes the nine Colorado players who are impending free agents: forwards Paul Stastny, Ryan O'Reilly, Jamie McGinn, John Mitchell and Marc-Andre Cliche; defensemen Corey Sarich, Andre Benoit, and Tyson Barrie and Varlamov's backup at goaltender, Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
The 6'2", 209-pound Varlamov is currently in his sixth NHL season. He has also played for the Washington Capitals and has registered a 94-67 record with career averages of 2.58 GAA and a .915 save percentage in 190 games through Jan. 30, according to ESPN stats.
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