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Charges dropped against Avalanche G Varlamov

The SportsXchange

A judge in Denver dismissed a domestic violence case against Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, the Denver Post reported Friday.

The case was dropped at the request of prosecutors.

Varlamov, 25, was charged in October with felony kidnapping and assault after Denver police said he attacked his girlfriend in their apartment. A judge in November dismissed the kidnapping count for lack of evidence.

A motion to dismiss the remaining misdemeanor assault charge was filed by the district attorney's office on Friday because prosecutors did not believe they had sufficient evidence to prove the case in a trial.

"That's not to say we don't believe our victim," district attorney spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough said, according to the Post. "Most of the time, additional investigation strengthens our case. This time ... it became clear we didn't have a belief we could prove it beyond a reasonable doubt."

Varlamov has a 16-8-1 record with a 2.37 goal-against average this season as the Avalanche's No. 1 goalie.
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