DENVER (AP) — Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov says he is making steady progress after undergoing season-ending hip surgery in January.

Goalie Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche defends the goal against the Anaheim Ducks at Pepsi Center on March 9, 2016 in Denver. (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Varlamov plans to start skating at the end of the month and may put the goaltender pads back on in late May or early June.

The 28-year-old Varlamov was limited to 24 games as he dealt with a nagging groin injury that he’s hoping is cleared up through the hip surgery. He was 6-17 this season with a 3.38 goals-against average for the last-place Avalanche.

Varlamov said rehab is “going very well” and he’s looking forward to a “fresh start in September. I’m going to be ready for sure.”

There’s a chance Varlamov could be left unprotected by the team in the upcoming expansion draft with Las Vegas set to join the league.

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