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NHL notes: Giguere set to retire from NHL

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere (35) makes a glove save against the Edmonton...

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere (35) makes a glove save against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place earlier this season. (Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports)

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, Last Updated: 8:22 PM ET

Veteran NHL goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere appears ready to put away his pads.

Giguere hasn't formalized his retirement yet, but expect the announcement to be made in mid-June.

"I do not see a reason to remain in the league," Giguere said. "I just want to be sure to do it right, to meet my agent Bob Sauve and talk to the Players Association."

The 37-year-old, who has been with the Colorado Avalanche since 2011, is no longer part of the team's future.

While backing up starting goaltender Semyon Varlamov, Giguere posted a solid 11-6-1 record, 2.62 goals-against average and .913 save percentage last season.

The native of Montreal began his NHL career in 1997 with the Hartford Whalers after being chosen in the first round, 13th overall, at the 1995 NHL draft.

Giguere also played for the Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Giguere won the Conn Smythe Trophy with the Mighty Ducks as playoff MVP in 2003 despite losing in the Stanley Cup final to the New Jersey Devils in seven games. Four years later, he lifted the Stanley Cup in Anaheim's only NHL championship.

In his career, Giguere racked up a 262-216-64 record with 38 shutouts and 25 ties while sporting a 2.53 GAA and .913 save percentage over 597 games.

PEVERLEY GETS OK FROM DOC?

Rich Peverley has reportedly received some good news in his bid to return to the ice following a heart scare two months ago.

The Dallas Stars forward has not played since collapsing on the bench during a March 11 game against the Columbus Blue Jackets due to a cardiac event. He had to have his heart shocked back into rhythm, followed by ablation surgery, and now wears a device that monitors his heartbeat.

According to a Fox Sports Midwest report, at least one doctor says he could play next season.

When the Stars cleared out their lockers in late April following their first-round playoff exit to the Anaheim Ducks, Peverley was optimistic about his chances at resuming his NHL career.

"The first main thing is I'm going to have to do testing with getting my heart rate up, and then we'll go from there," he said. "I'm not sure when that will be, but that will be the first thing."

SABRES RE-SIGN DESLAURIERS

The Buffalo Sabres re-signed forward Nicolas Deslauriers to a two-year contract, the team announced Monday.

The deal is reportedly worth $1.275 million over two years.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Deslauriers was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings along with Hudson Fasching on March 5, 2014. He made his NHL debut with the Sabres and finished the season by playing 17 of the club's last 20 games.

"Nick was able to step in and compete in every situation we put him in," said Sabres general manager Tim Murray. "We're confident that he will be an important part of our organization going forward."

Prior to being acquired by the Sabres, Deslauriers, 23, led the Manchester Monarchs, the AHL affiliate of the Kings, in goals (18) and shots (217). He finished the AHL season with 42 points (19 goals, 23 assists) in 65 games in his first professional season as a forward and added two points in five playoff games with the Rochester Amerks.


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