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Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov accused of stomping on girlfriend's chest, dragging her by her hair

Published October 31, 2013 7:00 pm

NHL • Varlamov will be allowed to travel with Colorado.
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Denver • Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov will be able to travel with the team while prosecutors consider whether he should be charged with assaulting his girlfriend.

On Thursday, a judge said Varlamov could be released if he posted $5,000 bond and be allowed to travel with the team but he was ordered to stay away from his girlfriend, among other restrictions.

The girlfriend, Evgeniya Vavrinyuk, told investigators that Varlamov kicked her in the chest, knocking her down, and stomped on her chest as she lay on the ground in her apartment on Monday, according to an arrest affidavit. She also accused Varlamov of dragging her by her hair and telling her that he would have beaten her more if they had been in Russia.

Varlamov appeared in court briefly Thursday. He spent the night in jail after turning himself in on Wednesday. He stood next to his lawyer to face Denver County Judge Claudia Jordan, who also told him, through a Russian interpreter, that he couldn't drink or possess firearms. He also had to sign a waiver that he would be immediately sent back to Colorado if he fled.

The 25-year-old was arrested on suspicion of second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault.

Sabres forward suspended 7 games • Buffalo's John Scott was suspended for seven games without pay on Thursday for his illegal check to Boston forward Loui Eriksson's head. Scott received a match penalty for the hit in the Sabres' 5-2 home loss Oct. 23. Scott skated in from Eriksson's right and leveled him with a shoulder to the face. Ericksson sustained a concussion and is sidelined indefinitely.