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DENVER – Colorado Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic issued the following statement today regarding the retirement of goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
"On behalf of the Colorado Avalanche, I would like to congratulate Jean-Sebastien on an outstanding hockey career. His achievements speak for themselves, from winning the Stanley Cup to winning the Conn Smythe, Jiggy was always a top-notch goaltender. He was also a very important part of our team during the past three seasons, providing veteran leadership and stability in net. We wish him and his family the best of luck."
To his credit, the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' weekly notebook includes exactly one mention of the "advanced stats" community, and it's one that voices a thought many of us have considered since Extraskater.com went "offline"...
When the analytics website @extraskater disappeared on Friday, my assumption was that creater Darryl Metcalf had been hired by an NHL team
(or the NHL itself, given that its new "terms of service" all but ban the kind of activity Extra Skater and Behind the Net engage in)
And Simmons issues a pretty dang solid set of NHL-related tidbits and observations:
At the end of the Anaheim Ducks' regular-season-ending 3-2 overtime win over the Colorado Avalanche, Teemu Selanne took a victory lap--and he shared part of it with former Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who's also retiring after this season:
“Some guys are more worried about their Vegas trip at the end of the season than playing the games, than playing every minute of the games. Quite frankly, I don’t care about your Vegas trip right now.”
- Jean-Sebastien Giguere, goaltender for the Colorado Avalanche after losing to Calgary 3-1 tonight. Much more from Giguere by Adrian Dater of All Things Avs.
"We had a big meeting two or three days ago, a players-only meeting. We talked about some stuff and I thought we had a good response against Dallas at home (Wednesday). Then we have a day off, then come back and practice, and I thought our practice was just awful. The effort wasn't there. We practiced defensive zone coverage, and guys weren't taking the body and swirling and stuff like that. This is the stuff we have to work on every day. I told a couple of the guys that 'I don't think we'll have a good game today.' It's unacceptable. It's an everyday job. You've got to work hard every day. You've got to be a lot more desperate than that."
-Jean-Sebastine Giguere of the Colorado Avalanche after losing to Dallas tonight. More on the game from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post.
via Mike Chambers of All Things Avs,
I rode the coattails of radio dude Marc Moser on this one, and Giggy kept ‘er going for about five minutes. Since Moser was asking the questions, I don’t want to publish his entire interview, but you can listen to it pregame.
“This is a must-win for us. We have to stop the bleeding right now,” Giggy said. “We can’t let this go on any longer. We need to establish ourselves at home. Enough talking. Right now it’s time to have some action. You have no chance in (heck) in this league to make the playoffs if you don’t (win at home).”
“Everybody’s desperate level needs to go up a bit, and hopefully we should see that tonight,” Giguere said. “My job is to try to give the team a chance to win. I’m going to hopefully do that.”
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
“We always made the decision to keep going and try to keep pushing knowing that I would have to get it done by the end of the year,” Giguere told the station.
Giguere had a similar operation on the opposite side in 2007 with Anaheim.
“If I want to be attractive to anybody I’ve got to get myself fixed,” said Giguere, an impending unrestricted free agent, who hasn’t ruled out a return with the Leafs . That would depend on a 100% recovery and GM Brian Burke deciding he wants a veteran around for insurance purposes — at a bargain price.
more on the Leafs…
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere said he is willing to consider waiving his no-trade clause if Leafs GM Brian Burke wants to trade him.
“I haven’t waived my no trade, I haven’t talked to Burke at all about it, but I’ve said, if Burke was to come see me, I would owe him the respect to think about it and talk to my family about it,” said Giguere.
“When and if this happens, we’ll see what happens.”
Giguere made his comments Thursday morning, prior to his 7 p.m. start against his former team, the Anaheim Ducks. Giguere waived his no-trade clause last year when Burke acquired him for Jason Blake and Vesa Toskala.
from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,
An unrestricted free agent this summer, Giguère realizes he needs to show the rest of the league down the stretch he deserves a new deal in a climate where veterans like Jose Theodore have taken huge pay cuts and backup roles to stay in the NHL.
Kiprusoff, meanwhile, remains in the Flames’ picture for now, as unlike the Leafs, Calgary hasn’t pursued any type of youth movement.
Rumblings are that could be coming, however, and when it does, the fellow sitting only 20 wins behind Mike Vernon for most Ws in franchise history could get the tap on the shoulder from new GM Jay Feaster and a request to accept a ticket out of town.
Neither netminder is likely to fetch all that much these days, not in a league where, save for the ageless Tim Thomas, it’s been a trying year for goalies of a certain vintage, with Martin Brodeur, Marty Turco and Nikolai Khabibulin leading the way.
Big, young and cheap is quickly becoming the NHL’s winning formula in goal – and the rest of the season is vitally important for Kiprusoff and Giguère to prove otherwise.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
When it comes right down to it, Giguere isn’t just concerned about the games he might miss in the coming days or weeks. His fears have more to do with the long-term impact the injury could have on his career.
While the Leafs are calling Giguere “day-to-day,” the veteran goalie suspects there might be more to this injury than just the so-called minor tweak that already has kept him out of the lineup on a couple of occasions this season.
“It’s more than a matter of resting it,” said Giguere, who has missed eight games in the past six weeks when the injury flared up. “We have to find out what it is. We have brought it back to 100% before, then I start playing and it gets tired and weak.
“When I started playing this time, there was a sharp pain.”
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
The reinvention of Jean-Sebastien Giguere begins in earnest when the lights come on Thursday night.
This is another chance, maybe his last, to reclaim the kind of hockey greatness that won him a Stanley Cup and a Conn Smythe Trophy in two different seasons in Anaheim. This is his final year on a contract that pays him an elite wage, more than either Ryan Miller or Martin Brodeur. And this, more than anything else, is what the downtrodden Maple Leafs are counting to begin their own road to redemption.
“Re-establishing myself as a No. 1 guy is my main priority right now.” said Giguere. He knows where is he and where he was. He isn’t one of those athletes who tends to fool himself. He know he doesn’t have Brodeur talent.
To be back, to be great again, all begins with hard work.
from Mark Whicker of Ducks Blog,
“It worked out differently from the way I thought it would,” Giguere said. “He is obviously the one they wanted. I’m 32 years old and I still have a lot of hockey left, I think. Toronto has made a lot of changes just today, so it will be exciting.”
Giguere will partner with Jonas Gustafsson, whom the Leafs signed as a free agent before this season.
One of the reasons Giguere wanted a no-trade clause in Anaheim was the eye condition of his son Max, who was born just before the 2007 playoffs. Max had a defective right eye and wasn’t guaranteed he’d have vision in his left. Giguere wanted to make sure his son could continue to see the same UCLA doctors.
“Max is doing great,” Giguere said Sunday. “I’m sure he can get very good care in Toronto, but he’s only a short flight away (from L.A.) if he needs something.”
via the Twitter of Helene Elliott,
Jean-Sebastien Giguere has waived his no-trade clause and officially will be dealt to Toronto very soon
added 12:56pm, from Darren Dreger’s Twitter,
Giguere to Toronto for Toskala and Jason Blake. Done!!
added 1:05pm, TSN on the trade…
added 1:08pm, Burke says there was never a discussion about a first round pick being involved (from the Ducks). He doesn’t know where that came from.
per Darren Dreger’s Twitter,
phaneuf to the Leafs
added 11:35am, from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,
The Ducks are set to trade Jean-Sebastien Giguere, the franchise’s all-time winningest goalie, to the Toronto Maple Leafs and it’s expected they will receive goalie Vesa Toskala and another veteran player in return, the Orange County Register has learned.
Giguere received a telephone call when he reached the Tampa Bay Lightning’s practice facility, where he learned of the potential move. The 32-year-0ld was in uniform but did not take the ice as players and coaches hugged him before he took the team bus back to the hotel.
added 11:42am, Watch the press conference below.
added 11:45am, Multiple reports are Giguere to Leafs for Toskala too.
added 11:58am, via Dreger Twitter,
Phaneuf, Sjostrom and Auley to Toronto for Hagman, Stajan, Mayers and White!!
added 12:03pm, Trade wrap-up at TSN.
added 12:04pm, Burke says another deal should be announced within 30 minutes.
added 12:19pm, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN has a breakdown of the press conference in case you missed it.
added 2:35pm, Dion on the trade via Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,
“Well, it’s definitely a shock, but I’m very, very excited about going to Toronto and being a Maple Leaf. It was definitely a shock, but it’s part of the business,” he said.
“I found out this morning. The toughest part is saying goodbye to your buddies and the relationships that you’ve made. You guys actually found out before me.”
from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Doing a fair bit of damage control, Giguere said he was being facetious when he told the L.A. Daily News on Monday that “I’d rather retire than be a backup.”
“Let’s be clear with something,” he said today. “I’m not about to retire. That was kind of being sarcastic on my part a little bit. What I really mean by that is I’m not having fun not playing. I’m not going to just stay on the bench and collect my money and say, ‘It’s OK. It’s no big deal.’
“I’m all set. I don’t need to make any more money and stuff like that. That’s just not in my nature. I’m competitive. I want to play.”
from J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News,
Giguere, asked Monday if he has been approached about waiving the no-trade clause, said, “That’s something you probably should ask Bob Murray.” The Ducks’ general manager declined comment through a spokesperson.
“I want to play; that’s when I have fun. Right now, this is not fun,” Giguere said. “I am looking forward to having fun at some point at some time. I’m not sure what’s going to happen, but it’s going to happen.”
from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,
Is Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere on his way out of town?
If so, all signs point toward Toronto.
The rumors that were rampant in the offseason and then dissipated in training camp have resumed in earnest….
Giguere (0-2, 3.65, .895) is winless in four games this season and currently is recovering from a strained groin muscle. Giguere, 32, makes $6 million this season and $7 million next season, so the Ducks obviously don’t want to pay that much to a backup.
Jiggy has a no-trade clause in his contract, but the word is that he would waive it to go to Toronto, where he would be reunited with General Manager Brian Burke and longtime goalie coach Francois Allaire. He also would have a chance to play more regularly.
from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
Goaltending seemed to be down the list of the litany of issues the Ducks have had to deal with in their uninspiring start to the season.
Now you can add that to the list after Jean-Sebastien Giguere gave up a backbreaking soft goal by Columbus defenseman Fedor Tyutin with 3:22 remaining that decided the Blue Jackets’ 6-4 victory Saturday night at Honda Center….
“When you go through stretches like we’re going through right now, it seems that when something has a chance to go wrong, it’s going wrong,” Coach Randy Carlyle said. “You have to just persevere.”
The loss could be magnified as Giguere, who had been dealing with a minor groin muscle strain, appeared to re-injure himself on the play and left the ice. Making his third start, Giguere stopped 30 shots but also let four get by in a disastrous second period.
more on the loss…
via Kevin Allen’s Twitter,
Don’t rule out GM Brian Burke reuniting with G Giguere, particularlly if he doesn’t land Jonas Gustavsson, Ducks would have to take Toskala.
from Dan Wood at Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
“What we’re trying to do is give Giguere an opportunity to do what he has to do to get his game back,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Monday night. “The guy is going through a huge loss in his life. He lost his father. We feel we have to give him the time and space, try to create an environment around him that allows him some time. That’s the most important thing. We think this is the best route to take in this situation, and we’re going to live with it….”
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
The crowd at the Bell Centre today will roar for one of its own, the hometown kid who made it big in the NHL and brought the Stanley Cup back to Montreal—though only for a visit—in the summer of 2007.
But when the starters are announced for today’s All-Star game and Jean-Sebastien Giguere’s name is called for the West, the Ducks’ goaltender will be looking for someone who is not there, listening for a voice that was silenced too soon.
Giguere’s father, Claude, who bought the second-hand gear that launched his youngest son’s hockey career, died on Dec. 15 after valiantly fighting cancer that began in his colon and spread throughout his body. Claude rallied after J.S. visited him in late November but the disease won out before he could see his son’s All-Star moment.
“But I know he’s going to be there, somewhere, watching,” Giguere said. “He’s no stranger to me being there, too, I think. You’ve got to believe that he’ll be there.”
From Helene Elliott in the LA Times blog, The Fabulous Forum:
Claude Giguere, father of Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere, died Monday in Montreal of an undisclosed illness. A former school bus driver, corrections officer and stoker on a navy ship, he bought J.S.—his youngest child—the boy’s first goaltending equipment.
In this 2003 story, published before the Ducks opened the Stanley Cup finals against the New Jersey Devils, you can get a sense of how down-to-earth Claude Giguere was and understand how J.S. has turned out to be the classy and upstanding person that he is.
For some reason, Elliott’s blog post only provides a link to the .doc file of her 2003 story (which you can download here) so I took the liberty of reprinting it below. If someone informs me of a web link available later, I’ll remove this printing and link to the Times source.
via Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere is scheduled to back up Jonas Hiller in Tuesday night’s game against the New York Rangers at Honda Center and then leave the team to attend memorial services for his father, Claude, who passed away Monday morning in Montreal.
Giguere will likely miss Friday night’s opener of a three-game road swing against the Edmonton Oilers and rejoin the Ducks in time for a Monday game against the Vancouver Canucks.
Giguere left the Ducks for five days late last month to visit his father in Montreal.
from Chris Foster of the LA Times,
The Ducks find themselves doing a salary-cap tap dance again.
Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere returned to Montreal because of a personal situation unrelated to hockey and will not rejoin the team until Sunday when the Ducks play at Carolina. That left the Ducks needing a backup goaltender for Friday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Honda Center.
Team officials had to move money, and bodies, around. Defenseman Brett Festerling will be sent back to Iowa today to make space under the cap to recall goaltender David Leneveu.
The NHL would have allowed a player exemption for the Ducks, who are at the 23-man limit. But the team is currently only about $400,000 under the NHL’s $56.7-million salary cap. The NHL minimum salary is $475,000.
from Dan Wood at Ducks Blog,
“We like to play on the edge,” Giguere said. “That’s great. I love that we play that way, but at the same time, we need to keep our mouths shut. We need to stop yapping at the referees. We need to stop blaming everybody else. We have to look in the mirror. We’re the ones taking the penalties. It’s not always a bad call. A lot of times, it’s a call that we would complain about if the referee wouldn’t call it against the other team.
“We have to take it upon ourselves to be more disciplined.”
from Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News (Sunday edition),
He’s slightly less imposing in the net than in 2003, no longer a Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man in oversized pads. In a crackdown on equipment, the NHL downsized Giguere and other goaltenders following the lockout.
He remains a significant obstacle, almost always in position. Giguere has stopped 71 of 75 shots in Anaheim’s two victories in this series. Stylistically, he represents the polar opposite of his athletic Stars counterpart, Marty Turco.
Stars forward Steve Ott called Giguere a “blocking-style goalie.”
Said Turco: “He knows how to take away as much as you can.”
from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere went through a full practice Thursday and pronounced himself set for duty in Friday night’s game against the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center.
“I’m ready to play,” said Giguere, who has sat out the past three games because of back spasms.
Now the question becomes whether Ducks coach Randy Carlyle will go back to Giguere, or stick with the hot hand of rookie Jonas Hiller, who has stopped 102 of 106 opposition shots while filling in for Giguere.
Red Wings Corner reports Jean-Sebastien Giguere went through a full practice at the Joe today.
from the OC Register,
Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere said Thursday he expects to miss perhaps the first week of on-ice team drills while he completes recovery from Aug. 6 sports-hernia surgery. Iron-man center Samuel Pahlsson’s immediate future is even more uncertain after he underwent a similar procedure Wednesday in Philadelphia.
Giguere anticipates being ready for the club’s Sept. 29 NHL opener against the Kings in London, but Pahlsson’s club-record streak of 275 consecutive regular-season games played, the league’s seventh-longest current run, is in jeopardy.
“I’m coming along really well,” Giguere said. “The first three weeks, I couldn’t do much, but since then, I’ve been working out pretty hard, riding the bike and doing everything I need to do to get ready.
“I may start skating during the (next) week, but it’s going to be very easy skating. At worst, I’ll probably be a week behind everybody. We’ll just have to see how it goes.”
Just as Giguere experienced problems when he stepped up summer workouts, prescribed offseason rest was not enough to alleviate the abdominal pain that cost Pahlsson considerable practice time during last season’s Stanley Cup playoffs.
“He could have played through this, but it would have been a nagging injury,” general manager Brian Burke said. “The recovery time is 3-5 weeks. We anticipate that if he misses any regular-season time, it will be minimal.”