Jean-Sebastian Giguere Doing Everything to Save His Job Except Playing Well

November 10th, 2009 by Steven Ovadia Leave a reply »
Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere is upset about suddenly finding himself in a polygamous goalie situation, with he and Jonas Hiller competing for the starting job.

Giguere told the LA Daily News , "I'd rather retire than be a back-up goalie ."

The issue is the remaining $13 million on the final two years of his contract coupled with the emergence of Hiller as a starter.

The wild cards in the equation? Hiller is a free agent after this season and Giguere has a no-trade clause.

Giguere is playing a very sophisticated game. The Ducks know they can't afford two goalies. It's to their advantage to let Hiller and Giguere duke it out. If Giguere wins, they can let Hiller go in the offseason. If Hiller wins, they can trade Giguere and his mammoth salary, getting a nice short-term rental to help them in the playoffs. Perhaps that shut-down defenseman they lost when they traded away Chris Pronger.

By demanding the starting job, Giguere is trying to force Anaheim's hand a bit earlier. If the Ducks buckle, he'll get a solid shot to keep his job. If they don't give in, he might actually retire, and the Ducks lose him for nothing. ...

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