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Caps trade Semyon Varlamov to Avs

Updated: July 2, 2011, 1:14 AM ET
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DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche made their opening moves in what's sure to be a busy free-agency period for the team, acquiring goalie Semyon Varlamov from the Washington Capitals on Friday and agreeing to a four-year deal with defenseman Jan Hejda.

In exchange for Varlamov, the Capitals will receive the Avalanche's first-round pick in 2012 and a second-rounder in 2012 or 2013.

Colorado was in desperate need of a goalie, especially after not tendering a qualifying offer to ...

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