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Confirmed: Capitals Name Semyon Varlamov As Their No. 1

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.

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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.