Varlamov (undisclosed) is dealing with a nagging injury according to coach Barry Trotz, raising doubts regarding his availability for Opening Night against Carolina on Oct. 14, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.

Varlamov has missed the 20-win mark in each of the previous two seasons while sharing the net with youngster Ilya Sorokin. If the veteran Varlamov is out for an extended period of time to start the year, it could open the door for Sorokin to take on a more prominent role with the club and see a larger share of the goalie workload.

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