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Avs’ Giguere apologizes for airing ‘dirty laundry’; Duchene says he liked it

Apr 9, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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The day after unleashing an angry rant questioning the commitment of some teammates, Colorado goalie JS Giguere wasn’t backing down, but did apologize for the way he went about it.

Doesn’t sound like his coach or teammates felt the apology was necessary, though.

Here’s more, from the Denver Post:

[Giguere] apologized for airing his “dirty laundry”, but all teammates asked about his tirade said they had no problems with what the respected veteran said.

Avs coach Joe Sacco said the 35-year-old Giguere doesn’t need to apologize for anything.

“It may have not been the right way to do it, I don’t know,” Giguere said after practice Tuesday. “Bottom line is, we could say we’ll wait until next year, and start over next year, start a new season and all that, or we can do something about it now.

“We know we’re going to have the same group, essentially the same players, so why not try to change that mentality, that culture, right now?”

Following Monday’s 3-1 loss to Calgary, Giguere said he was “embarrassed” by Colorado’s effort and wondered if some of his teammates were committed to winning.

He also unleashed this gem:

“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.”

Sacco wasn’t the only person coming to Giguere’s defense, as center Matt Duchene said he liked what the veteran goalie did.

“I hoped everyone saw it,” Duchene told the Post. “Obviously he let his emotions get the best of him, but sometimes that’s a good thing. I was a fan of it. That’s one example of what might be going on with some guys, but the biggest thing is, we can’t be looking for an easy way out.

“The hard way out is getting better every day as a team and as an individual, and that’s what we owe to ourselves, each other and to our fans. What Jiggy said hopefully grabbed the attention over everyone.”

  1. 950003cups - Apr 9, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Love players that keep the rest honest. No more mailing it in for any NHL player. They forget taht each game, some blue collar worker spent a lot of money to be there at that game. if you want to pack your seats, give the effort the fans paid to see every night.

    • polegojim - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      Exactly… no need to apologize, the guy was 100% right… frankly – they ‘aired him out’ last night with horrible defense… that was publicly embarrassing.

  2. hawkeytown - Apr 9, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    I wonder if any of this mess of a season can be attributed to Landeskog being named the Captain too soon…phenomenal talent and he will be a leader for this team, but maybe too much too soon? Thoughts?

    • supercoop8 - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Landeskog seems to be a great leader in the context of everything he does on the ice playing both ends well and never taking a day off. Duchene would have been a solid choice as well being that he believes in the franchise and wants to win there, he was coming off a slow year and injury problems and I think that is why he was overlooked. What plagues the Avalanche is that their owner and front office don’t seem interested in putting out the best product that they can.

      • 19to77 - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:01 PM

        Before this year, Duchene was himself one of those guys who mailed games in at times. Injuries were a big part of his regression, but he had multiple lengthy cold streaks for more reasons than that.

        This year, he’s absolutely transformed his play, giving it all every night. I can’t see how they don’t give him an “A” in the offseason – he’s definitely a part of the leadership of the team now.

  3. emperorzero - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Kudos for Jiggy saying what needed to be said. I think if some players are smart, they won’t show up in Vegas this summer. That said, it’s hard to imagine how the players can be expected to care when ownership/management clearly doesn’t care either.

  4. lsxphotog - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Once again, Duchene showing signs he should be the captain. Good call on both.

    • 19to77 - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:25 PM

      Bit of a hindsight 20-20 thing for Avs management. If they had left it on Hejduk another year, they’d have been able to witness Duchene’s newfound maturity and work ethic and probably give it to him. Not that Landeskog’s a bad choice at all, but… the worst record in the NHL is a lot to pile on the poor kid’s shoulders.

  5. cameltoews - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    I don’t know enough about Duchene as a player/person but let’s not forget he is playing for a contract. He only got a 2 year contract so hopefully for the Av’s faithful this isn’t a show and he really means what he is saying. If he does, he definitely deserves a leadership role on this team.

  6. dolphincult - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    geeze, I think I could coach more wins out of this roster

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