Anthony Fiore,

Anthony Fiore,

Big news today that G Simeon Varlamov is actually back skating again, after his latest of injuries.  From Tim Leone:

Goalie Simeon Varlamov, sidelined by a knee injury since Jan. 14, practiced with the Hershey Bears Tuesday at Hersheypark Arena and could possibly play this week.

“We’re hoping, if things keep progressing, maybe by the weekend,” Bears head coach Bob Woods said. “He’s got to get his conditioning back.”

With barely a week to go before the March 4 trading deadline, having Varly exhibit some semblance of rehab progress should influence quite a bit whether or not GM George McPhee sees fit bring another ‘tender into the organization.  Beyond Michal Neuvirth, they’ve got Daren Machesney, and recent pickup Kris Mayotte, who earned his first AHL win on Saturday.  

In other words, dangerously thin at the position without “The Iron Curtain.”   

And nobody asked me (yet), but I have to think that Thursday night @ home vs. Atlanta is a great time to start Neuvirth again.