Avalanche bringing back Jean-Sebastien Giguere
GM Greg Sherman says veteran NHL goalie 'provided leadership, stability' last season
The Colorado Avalanche have signed goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere to a one-year contract extension.
The deal announced by the Avalanche on Monday will keep Giguere, a Montreal native, with the team through the 2013-14 season.
"J.S. provided leadership, stability and a veteran presence to our team last season," Colorado general manager Greg Sherman said in a statement released by the team. "He helped solidify our goaltending position."
The 35-year-old Giguere appeared in 32 games last season, his first with the Avalanche. He had the lowest goals-against average, 2.27, of any Colorado goaltender since David Aebischer (2.09) in the 2003-04 season.
It was a rebound year for the veteran, who battled hip and groin injuries during the previous 16 months with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
After stints with Hartford and Calgary, Giguere made his name with the Anaheim Ducks. He was named Conn Smythe Award winner as playoff most valuable player when the Ducks lost to New Jersey in 2003, and four years later was in net when Anaheim captured the Stanley Cup.
Giguere ranks eighth among active goalies in career games (557) and shutouts (36) and 10th in wins (246), which is tied with George Hainsworth and Pete Peeters for 46th all-time.
With files from CBCSports.ca