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Jose Theodore was almost the Avs’ backup

Jan 19, 2012, 7:48 PM EDT

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Every off-season has at least a handful of fork-in-the-road moments that lead you to ask “What if?”

The Denver Post’s Adrian Dater captures one of those scenarios for the Florida Panthers and Colorado Avalanche’s netminding rotations. Jose Theodore admitted that he almost returned to Colorado to back up Semyon Varlamov before the team ultimately went with another former award-winning goalie in Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

That pivotal moment is working out surprisingly well for both sides.

Theodore has surprised as the Panthers’ No. 1 goalie, going 14-8-5 with a .918 save percentage and 2.48 GAA with two shutouts.

Giguere might be the backup in Colorado, but he’s shown plenty of glimpses of that old Conn Smythe Trophy-winning form. Jiggy is 11-6-1 with oustanding individual numbers: a .923 save percentage and 2.12 GAA with one shutout.

It’s fascinating to imagine how different both the goalies’ and teams’ situations would be like if Giguere didn’t sign that contract with Colorado. In a rare instance for these scenarios, it’s likely that all parties are glad it happened exactly the way it did.

  1. polegojim - Jan 19, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    And this is for the best. CO has seen the JT show… it’s fair at best.

    JS gives them a HUGE edge.

    MASSIVE thanks to Anaheim…. let’s see….. where are the Ducks in the standings again…. oh yes…. HELLOOOOOOO down there.

    • itsallniceonice - Jan 19, 2012 at 8:38 PM

      Yeah and their current goaltending has 100% to do with that right?

      • govtminion - Jan 20, 2012 at 8:09 AM

        It didn’t help matters much- even the Ducks goaltenders would have to admit that they’ve not played particularly well for much of the season.

  2. jrocknstuff - Jan 20, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Theo couldn’t handle playing second fiddle to Varley in the playoffs a few years ago. I doubt that would have worked out well for Colorado. If by some miracle Florida manages to squeak into the playoffs they should expect Theo to disappear.

    • tonyseesred - Jan 20, 2012 at 5:20 PM

      youre an idiot. Panthers get healthy and win the division. Theo has done and will continue to do juuuuuust fine.

  3. jrocknstuff - Jan 20, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Let’s resort to name calling. Very grown up of you, and way to support your case. Its a proven fact that Theo disappears in the playoffs. Yes the Panthers are banged up but that is no excuse. So is Washington and they are winning. Washington is the only team coming out of the SE, and they will be bounced in the first round.

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