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Report: Avs’ Giguere set to retire

May 26, 2014, 2:24 PM EDT

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One of the few players to win a Conn Smythe despite losing the Cup Final is ready to hang up the skates.

On Monday, reports of J.S. Giguere’s looming retirement surfaced — per TVA’s Renaud Lavoie — suggesting the 37-year-old goalie was set to end his 18-year career, pending conversations with both his agent and the National Hockey League Players’ Association.

A former first-round pick of Hartford (13th overall, 1995), Giguere played for the Whalers, Flames, Ducks, Leafs and Avalanche, with most of his success coming during a 10-year stint with in Anaheim. His finest season came during the 2002-03 campaign, when he went 34-22-6 with a .920 save percentage, 2.30 GAA and eight shutouts during the regular season…then went on a playoff run to remember, posting an eye-popping .945 save percentage and 1.62 GAA in 21 games as the Ducks eventually lost to the Devils in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

In winning the Conn Smythe that year, Giguere became one of just 16 goalies to win the award and, as mentioned above, one of just five players to capture playoff MVP despite playing for the losing team in the Cup Final.

Four years after that famous postseason run, Giguere would win a Cup win Anaheim, backstopping the team to the ’07 championship over Ottawa. After leaving Anaheim, he reinvented himself as a quality veteran backup, which included a stellar ’11-12 campaign in Colorado when he made 32 appearances while posting a .919 save percentage and 2.27 GAA.

  1. lowenni - May 26, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    His run with the Ducks in 2003 season is a testament to Giggy’s ability. He never really established himself as a continuous elite goalie in the NHL, but he’ll definitely be remembered fondly by fans across the league. Great goalie and a great guy. My favorite moment of this season is when Teemu Selanne grabbed him in his last regular season game (against the Avs) and did a little victory lap with him, teammates from the Stanley Cup winning team. What an awesome moment. Congrats to Giggy on a great career

    • avscup - May 26, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      Awesome fan support that night as well!!!

  2. areaman714 - May 26, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Thanks for the stellar memories Giggy! It was a thrill giving you and Teemu a standing-o at the end of a last regular season game at the Ponda. Happy retirement!

  3. henrik4dawin - May 26, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    He is a shining example of a good goalie and great teammate. He realized when he was no longer going to be a club’s go to guy, and instead of complaining about it and looking for that number one job, he took the backup goalie position providing quality netminding when necessary, but also veteran lessons, and confidence

  4. www.PolishX.Com - May 26, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Solid professional like other have said , took the back up job as he got older , no drama there , Got his cup in 07. Alot of other professional hockey players would love to have a solid career ..He will be a goalie coach someplace . That I guarantee

  5. digbysellers - May 26, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Is he the last of the Whalers still playing anywhere? I noticed Kapanen retired for good in Europe and wondered if Giggy was it. No, the farce with Pronger still being on a roster doesn’t count.

  6. moxdawg4 - May 26, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Knock off this 2003 talk… Of course he’ll play well when he has pads that are the width of an 8 lane freeway

    • c1md6 - May 26, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      So what was the excuse for the 15 other goaltenders in the 03 playoffs that wore pads, “the width of an 8 lane freeway”? I’m not a fan of any team in the west but show some respect dude, that was one of the greatest runs in the playoffs by a goaltender that the NHL has ever seen.

  7. c9castine - May 26, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    i remember his 2003 run with the Ducks quite well. it was one of the most outstanding goalie exhibitions i have ever seen in my life. been a fan ever since.

    to me, he totally changed things. before then, you didnt need the best goaltender. now you cant get it done without it.

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