The Washington Times - September 8, 2009, 12:22PM

Semyon Varlamov just took a few minutes to speak to the media before he joins the veteran Caps players for an afternoon workout. Here’s a preview of what he had to say (check out more in tomorrow’s paper). Also, much thanks to Dmitry Chesnokov for translating for us.

On working with new goalie coach Arturs Irbe:

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“This is a huge positive for me because I understand him 100 percent. I understand him really well from Day 1 and we’ve got a good connection going. He gives me advice on every shot and save I have to make so it is really good.”

On Bruce Boudreau naming Jose Theodore the No. 1 goalie:

“I took it really well and calm. I know he is No. 1 right now and I am No. 2. What I need to do is play really well and earn that spot, that top spot during preseason games. Bruce told me last year when the season was over that I would have to earn it and I am ready for it.”

On his experience at the Russian olympic camp:

“No really told me about chances. The camp was only two days and we only had a couple of practices. I think my participation will be based on the season and how I do this season and my form overall.”