Colorado Avalanche Sign Jean-Sebastien Giguere posted by Jeff Ponder
The Avalanche have completed a total overhaul in the goaltending department.
Earlier today, the Avalanche traded their first-round draft pick in 2012 and their second-round pick in either 2012 or 2013 to Washington for goaltender Semyon Varlamov. Now, J.S. Giguere has decided to head to the Mile High City.
The Avalanche’s decisions have also forced former back-up goalie Peter Budaj to sign with the Montreal Canadiens and former starting goalie Brian Elliott to sign with the St. Louis Blues.
Giguere is likely to be the top-guy in Colorado next season. He posted an 11-11-4 record as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs last season, recording a 2.87 GAA and a .900 save percentage. He was held to just 33 games played due to a groin injury.
The Avalanche will have a fight in goal come training camp, as both Varlamov and Giguere have been quality starting goalies in their careers. Reports are that Varlamov has committed to a team in Russia, but that was before the trade took place this afternoon.
**UPDATE** Giguere’s contract is two years and is reportedly with $2.5 million ($1.25M cap-hit). According to nhlnumbers.com, the Avalanche are still $6.89 million under the NHL salary-floor.
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