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Around the NHL: Charges filed against Avalanche goaltender

| Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Prosecutors in Denver filed a misdemeanor assault charge Friday against Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov after his girlfriend said he attacked her last month.

Varlamov, 25, faces one count of third-degree assault. His attorney, Saskia Jordan of Denver, did not immediately return a call for comment Friday.

Evgeniya Vavrinyuk told investigators Varlamov attacked her Oct. 30 in her apartment. She said he knocked her down with a kick and stomped on her chest, according to an arrest affidavit.

The Avalanche said in a statement team officials were informed of the district attorney's decision, but would “have no further comment until the entire legal process has concluded.”

Varlamov is free on $5,000 bond and has been traveling and playing with the team. He is scheduled to return to court Dec. 2.

If convicted, he could face a sentence ranging from probation to two years in jail, prosecutors said.

• The Stars traded forward Lane MacDermid to the Flames on Friday for a 2014 six-round draft pick, according to NHL.com. MacDermid, 24, has two assists and a plus-2 rating in six games this season. The Flames will assign MacDermid to Abbotsford of the AHL, according to the Calgary Sun.

• Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Friday that Gustav Nyquist will play Saturday night against the Ottawa Senators. Once he plays another game with the Red Wings, he no longer can be sent to the minors without clearing waivers. “He's playing tomorrow night, so he's here for the year,” Holland said.

• Speaking to the New York Post for an article in Friday's editions, Rangers owner James Dolan said he stood behind general manager Glen Sather. The general manager fired coach John Tortorella after the team was ousted in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Rangers got off to a slow start this season under new coach Alain Vigneault, dropping seven of their first 10 games. They have rebounded to get back to .500 (11-11-0) heading into Saturday night's game at Nashville.

— Wire reports

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