Giguere slated for surgery

Maple Leaf goaltender J.S. Giguere will be having surgery to solve a recurring groin injury....

Maple Leaf goaltender J.S. Giguere will be having surgery to solve a recurring groin injury. (Ernest Doroszuk/QMI AGENCY)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:55 PM ET

TORONTO - As expected, goalie Jean-Seabstien Giguere will be going under the knife later in April. The 33-year-old expressed frustration during the season at a recurring groin problem that he said he’d have checked after the schedule ends. AM 640 radio reported Thursday morning that it’s been diagnosed as a sports hernia, causing the groin issue that cost him 21 games and led to James Reimer as the No. 1 stopper.

“We always made the decision to keep going and try to keep pushing knowing that I would have to get it done by the end of the year,” Giguere told the station.

Giguere had a similar operation on the opposite side in 2007 with Anaheim.

“If I want to be attractive to anybody I’ve got to get myself fixed,” said Giguere, an impending unrestricted free agent, who hasn’t ruled out a return with the Leafs . That would depend on a 100% recovery and GM Brian Burke deciding he wants a veteran around for insurance purposes — at a bargain price.

This year in general was not a perilous one for Toronto’s health, compared to others. The Leafs will come in under 200-man games lost to injury. Their long-term injury was to winger Colton Orr, injured in a fight on Jan. 20 and yet to return, though he started skating the past couple of weeks.

Marlies movements

Left winger Jerry D’Amigo, who hopes to challenge for a job with the Leafs after stints in the NCAA, world junior tournament, Kitchener Rangers and Marlies the past two years, will end the season with the AHL team after the Rangers were eliminated from the OHL playoffs.

D’Amigo had 38 points in 21 games after being re-assigned to junior. The American will be joined on the Marlies by 6-foot-4 forward Andrew Crescenzi, a free agent, who was at Leafs camp and also ended up in Kitchener.

To make room, the Marlies sent wingers Dale Mitchell and Robert Slaney to the Reading Royals of the ECHL.

loose leafs

Toronto’s final game on Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens should be a spirited affair, even though the Leafs are out of the playoffs. The Leafs are 4-1 in Game 82 in the past five years they’ve been eliminated and 13-7 overall in their exit the past 20 seasons. This will be the 11th time they’ve ended a season against the Canadiens, with a 5-5 record so far ... The Leafs’ game operations department is promising “unique giveaways’ as part of their season-ending fan appreciation night ... Toronto-area product Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes became the seventh-youngest player in the NHL history to score 30 goals on Wednesday (18 years, 325 days) ... The Marlies wrap up play this weekend with home games against the Rochester Americans (Saturday 3 p.m.) and Abbotsford Heat (Sunday 5 p.m.). Newly signed junior grad Greg McKegg from the Erie Otters is expected to make his debut on Saturday. That’s also the team’s annual Dog Day at Ricoh Coliseum, with fans invited to bring their pet with a pre-game parade of pooches. Owners must register first in Marlies’ Alley.


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