NHL roundup: Avs G Varlamov to start despite arrest

The SportsXchange

Goalie Semyon Varlamov is scheduled to start for the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night in Dallas one day after being released from jail and two days after being arrested on charges of second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault of someone he knew.

Varlamov was arrested on Wednesday on allegations of domestic violence, according to the Denver Post. He spent the night in jail after turning himself in to police.

Varlamov's bond was set at $5,000. On Thursday he was released and granted permission to travel with the Avalanche. He also had a restraining order filed.

Colorado head coach Patrick Roy said after Friday's morning skate that Varlamov will be the starter Friday night against the Stars.

It's possible the NHL could get involved. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman can suspend a player who is involved in a criminal investigation.

--- Toronto Maple Leafs forward Carter Ashton was suspended for two games, without pay, for boarding Calgary Flames forward Derek Smith during Wednesday's game, the NHL announced.

The incident occurred in the second period, and Ashton was assessed a minor penalty for boarding on the play.

--- The Vancouver Canucks announced that Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin each signed matching four-year contract extensions.

CBC reported that each deal is worth $28 million.

The Sedin twins have spent their entire careers with the Canucks and combined for 1,583 points. Henrik, a former Hart Trophy winner, is the franchise's all-time leading scorer with 810 points, while Daniel is second with 773.

---St. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen,

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and San Jose Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi were named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the month of October.

San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl, who led all rookies with eight goals and 11 points in 13 games, was named the

NHL Rookie of the Month for October.
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