If the Colorado Avalanche were truly committed to keeping Semyon Varlamov as part of the team as he battles accusations of domestic abuse, they knew they would to have to put him back between the pipes sooner or later.
They chose sooner.
It's a move that defies both common sense and propriety on so many levels but, if viewed strictly from a hockey perspective, it offers some logic: He'll get a start under his belt at the relatively sedate American Airlines Center before the team returns to Colorado for four straight at home where he'll be under much greater scrutiny.
Dater said backup J-S Giguere is expected to start Saturday against the Canadiens, making next Wednesday's tilt against the Predators the first opportunity for Varlamov to play again in front of the home crowd.
More to come.