|Giguere's contract with the Leafs expires July 1. (Dave Thomas/QMI AGENCY)
TORONTO - Toronto's No. 1 netminder, J-S Giguere, said Thursday he would contemplate waiving his no-trade clause if Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke asked him to.
"I haven't waived my no-trade. I haven't talked to Burkie at all about it, but I've said before, if Burke was to come see me, I would owe him the respect to think about it and talk to my family about it," Giguere said.
There is speculation the Leafs, who desperately need help at forward, will move one of their goalies now that they have James Reimer waiting in the wings.
Giguere would be the logical choice. It is possible the Leafs won't be re-signing him, and any team making a playoff push might be interested in acquiring a goalie of his pedigree. Tampa Bay might be one such team.
The Leafs also have prospects Ben Scrivens and Jussi Rynnas in their system, both of whom have impressed at times. Backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson might have played himself out of a future with the team., and it would be nearly impossible to deal him at this point.
It wouldn't be the first time Giguere has waived his no-trade clause, having done so last year when Burke acquired him from Anaheim in return for forward Jason Blake and goalie Vesa Toskala.
"It was surreal a little bit," Giguere said of being asked to waive his no-trade by Anaheim. "I wasn't expecting it to happen ... Things weren't going that well and I figured it would be a tough trade. But I was happy that Burkie was willing to give me another chance, and it was a great chance for me to restart my career somewhere else."
Giguere's contract with the Leafs expires July 1.
Birds Of A Feather
The Leafs took a real Ducks flavour into their game Thursday night against Anaheim.
Four Leafs starters at the Air Canada Centre had played a total of 799 games for Anaheim. J-S Giguere led the way with 447 over nine seasons. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2003 and had a record of 206-163-23-36 with 32 shutouts and a 2.50 goals-against average. Defenceman Francois Beauchemin played 234 games over four seasons for the Ducks. He and Giguere won Stanley Cup rings with the Ducks in 2007.
"Every time you play a team that you've been on before, it's always more exciting," Beauchemin said Thursday. "I'm sure Jiggy really is excited, too. It will be his first game against them (since being traded last season)."
Leafs fourth-liner Mike Brown, just coming off a three-game suspension, played 103 games with Anaheim, while forward Tim Brent played 15.
Anaheim forward Jason Blake played 216 with the Leafs over three seasons.
On Wednesday night, Toronto played its 3,000th road game, a 7-0 loss to the New York Rangers. Entering Thursday night, the Leafs franchise had played a total of 6,001 games, with a record of 2,617-2,521-783-80 ... The Leafs hadn't allowed seven goals since a 7-2 loss to the Bruins on Dec. 5, 2009 ... After winning five consecutive road games from Dec. 26 to Jan. 11, the Leafs have now dropped two in a row by a combined score of 12-1.