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Theodore guarantees Habs made mistake

Jose Theodore guarantees the Colorado Avalanche won't regret acquiring him from the Montreal Canadiens.

Jose Theodore guarantees the Colorado Avalanche won't regret acquiring him from the Montreal Canadiens.

Theodore told reporters at news conference Thursday in Montreal that he's looking forward to joining his new team for the playoff drive and proving he's still an elite NHL goaltender.

"I want to make sure to show everybody that Colorado made the better move," a confident-sounding Theodore said with a smile.

The Canadiens shipped Theodore to the Avalanche for netminder David Aebischer on Wednesday.

"I know for a fact that [Avalanche general manager Pierre Lacroix] isn't going to regret this."

Once the cornerstone of the Canadiens' franchise, Theodore has endured his most difficult season ever.

His play has been inconsistent and he's currently sidelined with a fractured heel. Theodore isn't expected to return to action until just before the playoffs start in mid April.

"I'm anxious to go to Colorado. I'm really pumped up," said Theodore.

Due his poor play, Theodore had lost his starting job with the Canadiens to Cristobal Huet and the respect of Montreal's demanding fans.

Theodore's visage on the Canadiens' scoreboard was enough to prompt a chorus of boos at the Bell Centre.

Still, Theodore says he's leaving the Canadiens with positive memories.

"There are tough things that happen in Montreal," he explained. "It's all part of the game.

"Obviously, I like it in Montreal."

Theodore is 141-158-35 overall with a 2.62 GAA and .911 SP in 353 games over 10 NHL seasons since being drafted in the second round – 44th overall – by Montreal in 1994.

A two-time all-star, he won the Hart Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL's most valuable player, and the Vezina Trophy as top goaltender in 2002.

"It's different not to see the [Canadiens] logo behind me," said Theodore, who stood in front of a black backdrop while he addressed the assembled media.

"It was funny to see my face on T.V. with the Colorado jersey. But I thought the colour looked good on me."

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