Entries with the tag: jean-sebastien giguere
Did the Colorado Avalanche improve their goaltending with Semyon Varlamov and Jean-Sebastien Giguere?
Ever since hall of fame netminder Patrick Roy retired from hockey, the Avalanche’s goaltending has never been set in stone. The team has had netminders such as Peter Budaj, David Aebischer, Jose Theodore, Craig Anderson, Jose Theodore, Andrew Raycroft, Brian Elliot, Tommy Salo, etc. Does not exactly spell stability, does it?
When looking at Varlamov and Giguere, one has to wonder the same thing. Varlamov, 22, certainly has a lot of potential. He is young, he is agile, he has played and played well in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and has put up very good stats in the regular season.
With that said, he has also been injured a lot and has not played in more than 28 games in any season that he has been in the NHL. If he ends up getting hurt this season, the Avs will then have to turn to the 34-year-old Giguere.
From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy:
Giggy is 4-8-5 with a 3.14 GAA and a .900 save percentage this season. Hiller is 21-15-2 with a 2.75 GAA and a .920 save percentage.
Problem No. 1 with trading Giguere: He has a no-trade clause, per Spector. Problem No. 2 with trading Giguere: In this economy, the $7 million base salary he’s due is probably just as much as a deal-killer as the $6 million cap hit.
So buying him out after the season might be the best option, for the Ducks and for a player they genuinely want to treat with respect.
It’ll save the team from committing the gross national product of Zimbabwe to two goalies next season; and it’ll give Giggy the chance to finally fulfill the dreams of all those airmchair GMs that have him rejoining Brian Burke and coach Francois Allaire with the Toronto Maple Leafs or going to the Red Wings.
Click here for more on Hiller and Giggy.
Through the first week in the NHL, I’ve noticed that lots of goaltenders, particularly in the Western Conference, are struggling. They’re allowing lots of soft goals, not making the save at key times, leaving lots of rebounds and more noticeably, not getting the W for their team.
The goaltenders I am talking about are Peter Budaj (Colorado Avalanche), Miika Kiprusoff (Calgary Flames), Jean-Sebastien Giguere (Anaheim Ducks), Joey MacDonald (New York Islanders) and Martin Biron (Philadelphia Flyers).