Avalanche’s Semyon Varlamov undergoes season-ending surgery

Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov underwent hip surgery in Vail Thursday morning, and his 2016-17 season is over.

The operation was an attempt to eliminate the troublesome groin muscle issues that periodically have plagued Varlamov in recent years and made him unavailable to the Avalanche for several stretches this season. Hip specialist Marc Philippon performed the approximate three-hour surgery, beginning at 9:30 a.m., and the Avalanche said it went well.

Before the surgery, Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic noted Varlamov “has been dealing with groin and hip issues for some time now.” He added, “After further evaluation from our team doctors, it was determined that the best road to recovery was surgery. Doing this procedure at this time ensures that Semyon will be fully healthy for the start of training camp.”

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