July 1, 2011
Giguere joins Varlamov in Colorado
By Sports Network
DENVER - The Colorado Avalanche signed goaltender Jean- Sebastien Giguere to a two-year contract on Friday.
Giguere, 34, appeared in 33 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season and posted an 11-11-4 record and 2.87 goals-against average.
"Giguere is a veteran netminder who will complete our goaltending tandem" said Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman. "He is a proven winner and his addition will be beneficial to our entire team."
Hours earlier, the club acquired goalie Semyon Varlamov from the Washington Capitals in exchange for a pair of draft picks.
Giguere became the fifth player in league history in 2003 to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP despite his team not hoisting the Stanley Cup when Anaheim lost in seven games to New Jersey.
The Quebec native did backstop the Ducks to their first championship four years later.
Originally selected 13th overall by Hartford in the 1995 draft, Giguere has compiled a record of 231-195-42 and 25 ties with a 2.53 GAA, .913 save percentage and 34 shutouts in 525 career games with the Whalers, Flames, Ducks and Maple Leafs.
The Avalanche also agreed to terms on a two-year deal with forward Chuck Kobasew. A 2001 first round pick, Kobasew has 96 goals and 89 assists in 473 career games with Calgary, Boston and Minnesota.