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DENVER (AP) - Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov will be able to travel with the team while prosecutors consider whether he should be charged with assaulting his girlfriend.

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On Thursday, a judge said Varlamov could be released if he posted $5,000 bond and be allowed to travel with the team but he was ordered to stay away from his girlfriend, among other restrictions.

The girlfriend told investigators that Varlamov kicked her in the chest, knocking her down, and stomped on her chest as she lay on the ground in her apartment on Monday, according to an arrest affidavit. The girlfriend, whose name was redacted, also accused Varlamov of dragging her by her hair and telling her that he would have beaten her more if they had been in Russia.

Varlamov appeared in court briefly Thursday. He spent the night in jail after turning himself in on Wednesday. He stood next to his lawyer to face Denver County Judge Claudia Jordan, who also told him, through a Russian interpreter, that he couldn't drink or possess firearms. He also had to sign a waiver that he would be immediately sent back to Colorado if he fled.

The 25-year-old turned himself in to police Wednesday evening, after practicing with the team that day. He was arrested on suspicion of second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault.

Varlamov's agent, Paul Theofanous, said he ''is completely innocent of all of these charges.''

Varlamov's attorney, Jack Rotole, declined to comment on the case, saying he would defend his client in court.

He told the judge that the team is standing behind Varlamov.

''He has the full and total support of the Colorado Avalanche,'' he said.

The Avalanche said in a statement that they were aware of the allegations but wouldn't comment further until the conclusion of the investigation.

Varlamov's teammates took to the ice for practice on Thursday about the time he appeared in court. Afterward, they tried to dodge the topic of his case.

''It's an unfortunate situation and hopefully it gets resolved real soon, but we'll focus on hockey right now,'' forward Matt Duchene said. ''That's what we're worried about.''

The Avalanche are off to a torrid 10-1 start and have become the talk of hockey under first-year coach Patrick Roy. Duchene doesn't think this will derail the Avalanche.

''You just don't think about it,'' Duchene said. ''It's tough. You're concerned about your teammate. We all love Varly in here. I can't say enough great things about him. I think we're all pretty confident this is going to get resolved pretty quickly.''

Varlamov was scheduled to start in goal on Friday night in Dallas against the Stars. Roy wouldn't commit to whether that's still the plan. Varlamov will make the trip to Dallas with the team.

''We're going to take it one day at a time, like we've been doing all year long,'' Roy said.

Acquired from Washington in a 2011 trade, Varlamov is 7-1 this season with a 1.76 goals-against average. On Sunday night, he made 24 saves in a 3-2 home victory over Winnipeg.

''He's a big part of what we've been doing so far, a huge part, actually,'' forward P.A. Parenteau said. ''So we're behind him and hopefully it will take care of itself.

''We'll handle the situation as a family, as a team, and we'll go from there.''

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