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Fantasy Spin: Giguere forcing his way into Avs' lineup

Saturday, 11.19.2011 / 1:39 AM

By Eric Lipschutz - NHL.com Staff Writer / Fantasy Spin Blog

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Fantasy Spin: Giguere forcing his way into Avs' lineup
Is Jean-Sebastien Giguere finding the fountain of youth in Colorado?

The thirty four year-old goalie made 24 saves Friday night to blank the Stars 3-0.  Giguere's impressive performance against Dallas was his second straight solid start in net for the Avalanche.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere
Goalie - COL
RECORD: 4-2-0
GAA: 1.68 | SVP: 0.934
With his recent hot play, Giguere seems destined to wrestle plenty of playing time away from starting goalie Semyon Varlamov.  The Avs paid a steep price to acquire Varlamov in the offseason and are committed to making the twenty-three year old their franchise goalie for the long term.  All seemed to be going according to plan as Varlamov came out of the gates looking incredibly sharp while leading his young team to a surprisingly fast start.  Things quickly cooled for Colorado and Varlamov however.  Varlamov has not posted a win since October 30th and has lost his last six starts, erasing any remembrance of his hot start.  Varlamov now has an ugly 3.30 GAA and .890 save percentage for the season.

Meanwhile, Giguere has taken advantage of his latest opportunity to play while the struggling Varlamov sits.  In his start prior to shuting out the Stars, Gigure stopped 17 of the 18 shots he faced in a tough 1-0 loss to Minnesota.  Make no mistake, Varlamov is clearly the goalie of the future in Colorodo.  However, the youthful Avs have played above expectations to this point and as long as they stay in contention in the Western Conference, coach Joe Sacco is likely to stick with the goalie that gives his team the best chance to win.  At least for the time being, it seems like that guy is Giguere.

Giguere is currently owned in just 10 percent of Yahoo! leagues.  If you are a Varlamov owner or are in need of some help in goal, you might want to consider taking a flyer on Giguere as it appears the savvy veteran still has something left in the tank.
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