To me Ovie is one of the most overrated players in hockey. He's an elite goalie scorer, but as a complete player he's overrated. His defensive game is nonexistent, he never goes and gets the puck himself he just sits in the slot and waits for a pass. You gotta wonder if what's holding him back is just pure laziness.
I don't think anyone should pass any judgement whatsoever, until we know exactly what happened. (which we likely never will) Especially since the laws in this country are so convoluted and f***ed up, and they'll lock you up and hit you with a half dozen charges just for blinking wrong. (hence the highest prison population on the planet)
You know when you were a kid and your mother said "com here young man/lady" and grabbed your arm? Well, technically, since she touched your arm, that's felony assault and since she moved you from your previous position, that is kidnapping.
As an adult example, a few years ago a friend of mine had these exact same two charges filed against him. What happened was his girlfriend at the time came home all f***ed up on some sort of hard drugs and started going literally crazy and screaming and tearing his place up. He finally got her to calm down and told her she had to leave. He opened the door and said come back when you are sober and calm down and lightly put his hand on her shoulder and escorted her the two feet out the door. I was actually there when this happened with my girlfriend at the time, so I saw exactly what happened.
Anyway, we leave and the next day, we come to find out that HE was charged with kidnapping and assault because several hours later the girl decided to call the cops for whatever reason. According to the cops, making her leave HIS house was considered kidnapping, and since he lightly put his hand on her shoulder, they decided to charge him with assault too. Oh, and they flat out refused to charge her with anything despite the fact that she tore his house up and scratched his arms up while in a drug fit, while he did absolutely nothing to defend himself.
This...unfortunately, is the system we live in here...
I am definitely NOT excusing Varlamov if he actually did beat and kidnap his girl, but from the one story I have encountered first hand and others I have heard about over the years, most of these "kidnapping and assault" charges the cops conjure up are BS and not at all what the name of the charges would have you think.
Last Ten Games – Current All-Time Regular Season v. Phoenix
Consecutive Home / Away Games
This is the first of two Home games played over three calendar days
Record v. Winnipeg / Phoenix
All-time Record v. Winnipeg / Phoenix
All-time, Home v. Winnipeg / Phoenix
Season Record v. Phoenix
This is the first of two regular season games v. Phoenix this season
This is the only Home regular season game v. Phoenix this season
Record on this Day
This is the 23rd regular season game played on this day, with the Club’s record in the previous 22 games:
This is the 1st regular-season game v. Winnipeg / Phoenix on this day
On This Day
I don't usually include this kind of a thing, but since it's an anniversary...
Sixty years ago tonight, Goalie Terry Sawchuk is cut by the skate on Montreal's Maurice Richard in the Third Period and is replaced by Red Wings' Assistant Trainer and practice golatender Ross "Lefty" Wilson, in the first of what will turn out to be a three-game goaltending career. He plays sixteen minutes, allowing no goals.