If Semyon Varlamov were to say he's happy with his situation, Avalanche fans and team management would question his competitive fire. But Varlamov isn't about to start pouting because he has lost his status as the team's No. 1 goalie to Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

"J.S. is playing well right now, and it's good for the team," Varlamov said. "I just have to keep working. I know it's going to be tough, but I just have to be ready — always."

Varlamov hasn't played since allowing six goals in a lopsided loss at Phoenix last week. He lost his previous start before that, to Nashville.

"That's why I'm not playing right now, I think," Varlamov said. "But it's a long season. We still have 30 games after the break."