The Washington Times - July 2, 2011, 10:21AM

Semyon Varlamov’s time in Washington was filled with flashes of brilliance and periods of frustration. Most of that had to do with injury problems.

In the past few weeks it became clear Varlamov didn’t agree with the Caps’ goaltending plan. But very early Saturday morning, the 23-year-old had this to say, as passed along by his agent, Paul Theofanous:

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“I want to take this opportunity to say - Thank you - to the Washington Capitals organization, the coaching, training and medical staff and the wonderful Caps’ fans for their support throughout my career and wish the organization nothing but the best.”

This comes a few days after his Russian agent, Vyacheslav Makhrenskiy, had this to say to Sovietsky Sport, as relayed by Yahoo Sports’ Puck Daddy:

“There are problems with medical care in Washington. Doctors in Russia are better. It happened when the Capitals’ doctor says ‘Everything is alright, let him play.’ Semyon feels that his knee is still hurting. But he goes out to play, and then he’s injured again. And the injury is not that serious, but he couldn’t play again.”

Varlamov is getting his fresh start with the Avalanche, who have apparently assured him that he is their No. 1 goalie. According to CapGeek.com, they signed him to a three-year deal worth $8.5 million.