Excuses. Misdirections. Conspiracies. It seems the hockey world is full of them this week.
First, Semyon Varlamov pulled a Patrick Roy and ended up in cuffs. Varly's father proclaimed his innocence and one Russian official went so far as to suggest his arrest was one big conspiracy against Mother Russia's Olympic hopes in Sochi.
The Avs then played the distraction card and traded a top-line power winger they "said" they really, really liked for 29-year-old penalty-killing specialist. And then announced Varlamov would be between the pipes Friday night.
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