NHL notebook: DA drops case against Avalanche goaltender

| Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

DENVER — Prosecutors said Friday they are dropping a domestic violence case against Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov because they have new information leading them to believe they couldn't win a conviction.

Varlamov was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault after his girlfriend told police he knocked her down with a kick, stomped on her chest and dragged her by her hair at their apartment Oct. 30.

The girlfriend, Evgeniya Vavrinyukat, also accused him of telling her that he would have beaten her more if they had been in Russia, where he is from, authorities said.

Lynn Kimbrough, a spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney's Office, declined to offer specifics on the new information that led prosecutors to drop the case.

Varlamov, 25, has been free on $5,000 bond and has been playing. He is 16-8 with a 2.37 goals-against average this season.

• Coyotes captain Shane Doan has what the team believes is a form of Rocky Mountain Fever and is responding to medication. Doan has missed six games after becoming ill. Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said Friday it looked like some form of Rocky Mountain Fever, a bacterial disease that affects the lining of blood cells. There is no timetable for his return.

Pavel Kubina, the Czech defenseman who helped the Lightning win the 2004 Stanley Cup, retired from the NHL on Friday. Kubina, 35, had 110 goals and 276 assists in 13 seasons with Tampa Bay, Toronto, Atlanta and Philadelphia. He last played in the NHL in 2011-12 with Tampa Bay and Philadelphia.

• The Blue Jackets activated forward Marian Gaborik and defenseman James Wisniewski off injured reserve Friday. Gaborik has missed the past 17 games with a sprained knee. Wisniewski has missed the past six games with an upper-body injury.

• Predators goalie Pekka Rinne's recovery from a hip infection will be at least two weeks slower with doctors recommending Rinne continue limiting his activity.

• The Detroit City Council on Friday approved two measures tied to the development of a Red Wings hockey arena and entertainment complex. The boundaries of the Downtown Development Authority district were expanded to include land where the project could be constructed. A tax financing plan also was green-lighted.

— AP

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