In the goaltender battle between Semyon Varlamov and Michael Neuvirth that is expected to take place prior to the 2010 Washington Capitals season, Varlamov has taken a huge step forward by selecting a more established jersey number.â†µ
He didn't make the announcement through Twitter, and there wasn't much debate leading up to his decision. But Varly abandoning his old No. 40 jersey and wearing No. 1 sounds to me like a definitive proclamation that he expects to be the team's starting goaltender when the season begins.