When it comes to goaltending, Patrick Roy may know a thing or two. And what he's seen from Semyon Varlamov this season is more than worthy to be considered among the best.
"Without a doubt, he's in the top three," the head coach asserted, pledging his support for the Avalanche goaltender to possibly win the Vezina Trophy – an award given out to the best goalie during the regular season. Roy himself has three such honors in his trophy case.
"We would not be where we are without him," he continued.
Varlamov has totaled 34 wins this year which puts him a lone victory behind the league leader. He has also faced the second-most shots on goal and has a polished .925 save percentage. Much of the Avs successes in their resurgent campaign – 94 total points which puts them in 5th place in the Western Conference – is thanks to Varlamov.
Roy thinks he deserves the credit from those around the league for his play.
"Does he have my vote? The answer is yes," he conceded. "He's without a doubt a very, very serious candidate to win the Vezina Trophy."
No Avalanche goaltender has ever won the award – Roy earned his trio while still a member of the Montreal Canadiens – and while the recognition would be well-earned it's certainly not their ultimate goal.