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From Eric Stephens at the LA Times,
A short time after signing the richest contract for a goaltender in the history of the Ducks, Jean-Sebastien Giguere took a moment to wonder how he got there.
This time last year Giguere openly wondered about his future with the Ducks, who had given him his big break seven years ago. A season full of injuries and the challenge from backup Ilya Bryzgalov had Giguere’s name swirling in trade rumors.
From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,
One of the more attractive unrestricted free agents in the game, Anaheim Ducks’ goaltender J.S. Giguere, is set to go off the market later today.
Sources indicate that the Ducks have signed Giguere to a multi-year contract, guaranteeing that he will stay with the NHL team that he led to the Stanley Cup earlier in July.
GM Brian Burke told Giguere earlier this season of the negotiations: Make it as tough on me as possible. Giguere did just that – and now he’s being rewarded.
Update 4:58pm EDT
The Anaheim Ducks have announced the signing of goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere to a reported four year, $24 million contract extension.
“J.S. Giguere has been an instrumental part of this franchise for the last six years,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Brian Burke said in a statement. “We view him as one of the top goaltenders in the NHL today, one with tremendous character and competitive fire, traits we value greatly in this organization.”
from the LA Times,
Meanwhile, the Ducks have stepped up their efforts to lock up goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere to a long-term deal. Both Burke and Giguere’s agent, Bob Sauve, said they had a productive meeting last week at Sauve’s office outside Montreal.
“We’ve since exchanged proposals,” Burke said. “I’d say things are going well. But it’s not done.”
Giguere is believed to be seeking at least $6 million a season. Sauve said the Ducks are serious about signing the 30-year-old, who has a 31-13 postseason record and will be an unrestricted free agent come July 1.
more on the retirement talk of Niedermayer but nothing new, still waiting for an answer…
from the CP via TSN,
‘‘Scott has indicated that he’s thinking about retirement,’’ Ducks GM Brian Burke told The Canadian Press on Tuesday.
The Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP informed Burke of the possibility during the players’ exit interviews a few days after Anaheim won its championship.
Niedermayer confirmed the rumours of his possible retirement in an ESPN.com story Monday and said he wasn’t leaning either way.
‘‘I think every player, as they get older, begins to think about how much longer they’re going to play,’’ Niedermayer told the website. ‘‘I know I think about it.’‘
more... this should not come as any shock to regular KK readers, this was discussed on June 8th…
added 4:22pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
If the Ducks lose Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne, who is also considering retirement, and if goaltender J.S. Giguere departs as an unrestricted free agent, then they could be just a shadow of themselves when the season resumes again in October….
Once upon a time, it was only the losers that paid this sort of heavy price. Now, even the winners and the teams that come close can’t dwell too long on their successes. Next year is just around the corner and depending upon what Niedermayer and Selanne decide to do about their futures, things could be anything but ducky for the defending Stanley Cup champions when September comes.
from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,
“It’s like running face-first into a celebrity,” said Mike Bolt, who works for the Hockey Hall of Fame and currently is accompanying the trophy. “This is still the best part of the job — the reactions.”
Some people rejoiced Saturday and others recoiled. Stanley stopped traffic and started paparazzi. He touched many while even more touched him.
The Stanley Cup certainly is a pop star, like Prince. Only taller.
“Dude, I’m standing next to the Cup right now!” Patrick McGaughan shouted into his cell phone. “Dude, I’m touching the Cup right now! This is insane!”
McGaughan, a surfer who lives in Aliso Viejo, came here to check out the waves. He ended up taking a completely different sort of ride.
Stanley was photographed standing atop the lifeguard tower at San Clemente Pier, reclining in a lounge chair on Laguna Beach and riding the carousel at Fashion Island.
from the Anaheim Ducks,
The U.S. Postal Service and Anaheim Ducks announced today that the world’s largest mail carrier is honoring the 2007 Stanley Cup champions by issuing a Stanley Cup postmark and two pictorial envelopes. The commemorative items will be available at all Anaheim Post Offices beginning Monday, June 18.
A great KK supporter, Roman Jedlicka of eNHL.cz, had a camera crew at the Ducks celebration. Great stuff and thanks Roman for the pointer.
Some of it is in Czech, but you will get the picture…
from the Anaheim Ducks,
The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed head coach Randy Carlyle to a one-year contract extension. He is now under contract with the Ducks through the end of the 2008-09 season.
“Randy has been the perfect fit for this organization with his hard-working, aggressive style,” said Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Burke. “He has been a major factor in the success we’ve had the past two seasons.”
from Pierre McGuire at NBC Sports,
In order to win with consistency in these times, you must have a creative and smart GM (Brian Burke is as good as it gets), a hard, but fair coaching staff (Randy Carlyle and his staff of Dave Farrish and Newell Brown are all of that), and plenty of good young players (Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Dustin Penner, Travis Moen; you can add Bobby Ryan and Brendan Mikkelson to the mix).
It does not hurt that the Ducks also have top defensemen like Chris Pronger, Scott Niedermayer and Francois Beauchemin locked into contracts that make sense.
Maybe the San Jose Sharks or the Detroit Red Wings will be able to challenge them in the West, or maybe the Vancouver Canucks can add some more offense to push the Ducks, or perhaps the Calgary Flames can be more consistent.
more on a possible Ducks dynasty…
from the LA Times,
Thank heavens the Ducks are wearing their jerseys and carrying the Stanley Cup when they arrive at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA. The Cup, after all, really is a celebrity.
Pictures are taken, autographs given, pucks passed out and the first player to run into Austin is Chris Pronger. Doctors and nurses are on alert in case Pronger checks the kid into the chalkboard.
The kid and the hockey player bond. They both have bushy blond hair, and Pronger, with two kids of his own, makes like he now has a third. Austin tells Pronger he knows the score of the final game. Pronger has been celebrating for five straight days, and it’s unclear whether he’s joking when he asks later what day it is.
“I look at these parents,” Pronger says, “and I see the pain on their faces. You know they’d rather have it happening to them than their kids, but maybe a five-minute break or distraction can help.”
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