The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere to a one-year contract extension through the 2013-14 season.
Giguere appeared in 32 games during his first season with the Avalanche in 2011-12, posting a 15-11-3 record with a 2.27 goals-against average and .919 save percentage. He finished ninth in the league in goals-against average, the lowest GAA by a Colorado netminder since 2003-04 (David Aebischer 2.09). Giguere’s .919 save percentage was also the best by an Avalanche goalie since 2003-04 (Aebischer .924).
“J.S. provided leadership, stability and a veteran presence to our team last season,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman. “He helped solidify our goaltending position and we are pleased to have J.S. under contract for the next two seasons.”
Giguere, 35, has fashioned a 246-206-70 career record with a 2.52 GAA, .913 Sv% and 36 shutouts in 557 NHL games. The Montreal native ranks eighth among active goaltenders in career games (557) and shutouts (36), and is 10th in wins (246). His 246 career victories tie him with George Hainsworth and Pete Peeters for 46th place on the all-time list. Giguere’s 36 shutouts rank 41st in NHL history, while his 557 appearances place him 49th all time in games played by a netminder.
Giguere backstopped the Anaheim Ducks to the 2007 Stanley Cup championship. Four years earlier, he became the fifth player in league history to win the Conn Smythe on a losing team when he led Anaheim to Game 7 of the 2003 Stanley Cup Final.