Varlamov (undisclosed) has begun skating as he progresses to the next step of his recovery, Brian Compton of reports.

Varlamov was poised to enter the 2021-22 campaign as the No. 1 option between the pipes before picking up his undisclosed injury. Given he has just started skating, Varlamov should be considered a long shot to play in the season opener against Carolina on Thursday, instead Ilya Sorokin figures to get the starting nod with Cory Schneider serving as the backup.

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