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Mar 12, 2014

Avalanche Rumor: Giguere to retire at end of season

By on 10:37 AM

The Avalanche acquiring Reto Berra from the Calgary Flames at the trade deadline was more than an insurance policy, as J.S.Giguere is expected to announce his retirement at the end of the season.

The thirty-seven year old goaltender, who won a Stanley Cup, as well as the Conn Smythe Trophy as a member of the Anaheim Ducks has served primarily as the back-up for the Avalanche this season. His decision to retire at the end of this season, was likely known to the Avalanche brass ahead of the trade deadline, thus the acquisition of Berra.

The Avalanche are expecting to sign Berra to a contract extension by the end of this season, and Berra will continue to work with Av's goaltending coach Francois Allair, while Giguere continues to serve as the backup to Varlomov. Av's coach Patrick Roy intends to give Giguere the start in their upcoming game in Montreal, as a home town send off for the veteran goaltender.

Giguere has said that he is not 100% sure about retiring, but is leaning in that direction, and given the lack of interest in Martin Brodeur at the trade deadline, there may not be much of a market for aging goaltenders in today's salary cap National Hockey League. The decision to retire may be made as much by no market to lay in as much as the reluctance to put the body through the riggers of another training camp, with only the outside chance of making a roster. Giguere is the last active player, to have worn the jersey of the Hartford Whalers.


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