Semen Varlamov to remain in Russia another year
Semen Varlamov, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Semen Varlamov was quoted today in Sport Express as having "received an invitation to play in North America"-- most likely, with the Washington Capitals' affiliate in either the ECHL or AHL-- and, despite that, is choosing to play in the Russian Super League with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl for one more year.
The 19-year-old Varlamov was drafted as the Capitals' first round pick (23rd overall) in 2006, and is generally regarded as the #1 Russian goaltending prospect, as well as the top rookie goaltender in the Russian Super League last season.
Boguniecki to Germany
Eric Boguniecki (Photo: Rich Stieglitz/BST)
Also, good news for Wolf Pack fans: Connecticut native Eric Boguniecki today signed a one-year deal to play in Germany next season with ERC Ingolstadt (click here for the announcement on the team web site; click here for an interview with Boguniecki from the team site , in German).
Boguniecki had 54 points (22g, 32a) in 48 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers last season, as well as appearing in 11 games (no points) with the NY Islanders.
His decision to go to Europe is hardly suprising, since Boguniecki forced his trade from the Syracuse Crunch (Columbus Blue Jackets) to the Islanders last October after claiming he was disenchanted with playing in the AHL.