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Giguere ‘embarrassed’ by Avs, says some teammates ‘care more about their trip to Vegas’ than winning games

Apr 9, 2013, 1:44 AM EDT

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There’s an entertaining pattern forming: the Colorado Avalanche lose to the Calgary Flames and then an Avs player blows up to the press.

On the night Jarome Iginla got traded, Colorado fell to the Flames in a way that made Matt Duchene call the defeat “a joke.”

On Monday, a 3-1 loss left goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere wondering if some players’ heads were in the casino rather than on the ice, as he told the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater.

“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,” Giguere said.

“Quite frankly, I don’t care about your Vegas trip right now.”

(Surely the comments section will be full of fun and totally unscientific guesses about who those “guys” are.)

Apparently Giguere wasn’t impressed with the 40 shots the Avalanche fired on Joey MacDonald, who turned aside all but one.

(Giguere made 31 out of 34 saves himself.)

Some might point out that the Avs might have “won” in the long run by solidifying hold on last place in the NHL, but apparently the 35-year-old netminder joins Duchene in not being particularly interested in tanking.

Update:

Dater’s full piece is online now, so check it out. Here’s the killer Giguere excerpt:

“It’s embarrassing. I’m embarrassed to be here right now. It’s not even funny,” [Giguere said].

I then asked Jiggy if the true problem with this team is just its lack of focus or preparation or pride or whatever, and he said:

“I don’t know what it is. I’ve been around for 15 years in this league and I don’t know what it is. I don’t know why we seem like we don’t care at points. I don’t know, I don’t know we seem like, you know – some guys are fighting to show that they belong in the NHL, some guys are fighting for contracts.

“And it’s just embarrassing, the way we, you know, the energy we have in the room and the way we approach practices and the way we approach this game. It’s not how you’re going to win any games in this league.

“I mean, this is a team (Calgary) that we can beat if we set our minds to it, and every day is the same story. I don’t know what to say. I’m beyond words right now.”

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  1. bcisleman - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Duchene and Giguere aren’t the only ones dissatisfied with the effort. Adrian Dater, the Avs beat writer, and a number of Av fans on twitter have also expressed their disgust.

    On another front, Garth Snow has indicated he wanted to acquire a veteran goalie this summer. Maybe he should inquire w/ Sherman about Giguere who has a year left on his contract.

    • trbowman - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:14 AM

      Dater has been voicing displeasure with this directionless franchise for quite some time, and rightfully so.

      The fact that Joe Sacco is still employed transcends all comprehension. Outside of riding a hot Craig Anderson to the playoffs in 2010, what’s he done? Jack.

      I miss those old Avs teams, they were so fun to watch. Wings/Avs used to be couldn’t miss games. Now, they’re just another game on the schedule.

      As for JS Gigeure, he’s always been one of my favorite players since that monster run he went on in the 2003 playoffs. Extremely competitive. I want to see him get on a good team.

    • polegojim - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      I was at the game last night… four things summed up the season and team status:

      1) The short handed goal – they hung Giggy out to dry
      2) Two power plays in the final 6 minutes… zip – Calgary had more opportunities then too
      3) It was freaking Calgary and the Avs helped them look like the Blackhawks
      4) The Avs play scared hockey – they’re afraid of what will happen next

      This team has played and beaten the best in the league…and then lost to the worst… oh wait, second worst. Zero confidence on the ice most of the time.

      I’ve said it for the Granato and Sacco years… they have the talent, but not the coaching. The front office is no longer hungry either… gone are the days of Pierre LaCroix making blockbuster deals and building a winner… and Eric ISN’T him. In fact, so far… While we’re at it, what has Sherman really done to infuse any great deal of confidence?

  2. canucks30 - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Long gone are the glory days of Roy, Sakic, Forsberg, Bourque, Blake, Foote, Drury, Hejduk, Tanguay, etc.

    The Avs used to run away with the division at appeared in the Conference Finals seemingly at will.

    Case in point, the Canucks have gone 20+ consecutive game without a regulation loss to the Avalanche.

    As for the comments, I don’t understand the rationale behind naming a 19 year old in Gabriel Landeskog captain.

    • trbowman - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:41 AM

      Me neither. That felt forced. Landeskog was obviously going to be a future captain, but not so young and not to the point where another player gives it up for him. Just like John Tavares is obviously going to be the future captain for the Isles once Streit is gone. In the meantime he’s been an alternate and has become a total monster of a player.

      • 19to77 - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:50 AM

        Yeah. Seriously, they had Hejduk for this season either way. Granted, he’s somewhat forgettable as a captain, but why strip the guy’s C only to give it to a 19-year old? Landeskog’s not going anywhere. They should have given that decision another year. A 19-year old shouldn’t be saddled with the weight of the NHL’s worst team. It could really affect his play, his confidence… everything.

      • jernster21 - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:38 PM

        The C wasn’t taken away from Hejduk, he relinquished it on his own knowing his role on the team was going to be different (bottom 6, potential healthy scratch at times.) Personally I never thought of Hejduk as Captain material anyway – he got it only because he was the best/logical option at the time. With that said, maybe it was too soon to give it to Landy but given the way this season has played out, it may as well happen this year because things can’t get any worse than they are now.

    • polegojim - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      Just not a lot of sound and thoughtful decisions from Avs front office.

      Landeskog has play decently… not not well enough to ‘EARN’ a C… and certainly not well enough to unseat the C.

      If you take the C from Hejduk while the guy is STILL PLAYING… which still doesn’t make sense.. McCleod is clearly the more natural choice. Cody is the leader of that team, period.

  3. canucks30 - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    The real problem in Denver is absentee ownership from Stan Kroenke and poor management.

    Who exactly is calling the shots there?

    Greg Sherman?

    Pierre Lacroix?

    Where does Joe Sakic fit in?

    There seems to be a general apathy from the top down for that once proud organization.

    • govtminion - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      DING! We have our winner. As long as Kroenke continues to run the team- or more accurately, refuses to- Avs fans will see a repeat of this year over and over.

    • 19to77 - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      Why Sakic isn’t the coach of this team I’ll never know. They need a leader. He’s literally legendary for his leadership abilities. How is he not an improvement over Joe freaking Sacco at least?

      • elvispocomo - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        Leadership ability /= coaching ability

        But with both Ruff and Boucher out of work this year, and guys like Eakins coaching in the AHL, you’d think the Avs could upgrade from Sacco, who certainly isn’t getting it done.

      • 19to77 - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        Put it this way – I don’t see Sacco enjoying offseason performance reviews.

      • polegojim - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:56 PM

        I don’t agree with Sakic’s leadership… leadership on ice I’ll give him… but not general leadership….

        In any case, the Avs don’t need ‘an improvement at least’… they need strength, experience, and credibility. Sakic is not coaching material.

        Should have NEVER NEVER NEVER let Coach Q go.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      Not sure how much input Kroenke is allowed to have in the team, due to NFL ownership rules he had to “give up” ownership of the Avalanche to family members when he purchased the St Louis Rams, he may face issues with that if he were to have too much input with the Avalanche.

      As a Flames fan I’m glad they ended the road losing streak but disappointed they won, I’d rather they not win the rest of the year to ensure Hartley is gone and that they get a top 3 pick. Quit winnin for MacKinnon!

      • cardsandbluesforever - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:12 PM

        my best freinds uncle just happens to be Stan Kroenke, maybe i should talk to him about taking over the team? i could’nt possibly do a worse job than the people running it now. i hear Colorado is a really nice place to live, i love St. Louis but i could use a change of scenery…

  4. ubetcha37 - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Bro did u say “good ol days” and Bourque in the same context? U had him for what 3 months? Us in Beantown like to let y’all know where our heroes held it down.

    • 19to77 - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      And when he wanted to taste success for the first and last time, he abandoned your godawful non-playoff team for a good one. Your Bruins couldn’t give him what he deserved. The Avalanche could. Don’t get cocky.

      • bigblackzaranek - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:35 AM

        19to77 just won the internet for today…

      • 19to77 - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        As my handle suggests, it was basically my favourite moment in hockey. Sports period, actually. To this day I’ll watch and tear up when Joe passes the Cup off. What a perfect moment.

  5. modellforprez - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Ah James i would help fill the comment board with jokes and whatnots but I dont know any of their players…

  6. canuckswino - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    “Trips to Vegas?!” There’s no way he could be talking about Shane O’Brien, is there?!

    • 19to77 - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      Heh. No kidding. That jackass is going to find himself booted out of yet another locker room right quick. Guy wants to party far more than he’s ever wanted to work for a living. Why they gave him a three-year extension I’ll never know. He was locker room cancer in Van, and considering he’s been traded through 5 different teams now, one can safely assume he was the same in the rest.

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