How Much is Jean-Sebastien Giguere Worth?
Now, one can argue a bit more about Tyler Bozak producing the value of his contract on the ice. But with the season that Jean-Sebastien Giguere has had, there is no doubt in my mind that he is not deserving of the 6 million he earned this season. Even with saying that, I want to take a look at what kind of contract Giguere could be getting if Brian Burke decided to sign him as a backup goalie and mentor for James Reimer. In considering how many years and how much per year Giguere should get, I look at what he did this season (which was 11 wins, .900 SV% & 2.87 GAA.) Giguere is turning 34 in the month of May, so that is something else one takes into consideration. Then there is looking at the free agent market, which looks like this for potential backup goalies. Pascal Leclaire, Mike Smith, Ty Conklin, Marty Turco, Brian Boucher, Peter Budaj and Mathieu Garon.
From that list Smith and Turco stand out to me the most. Smith could add some nice pressure and competition to Reimer. While Turco can provide leadership and mentorship to Reimer, with the possibly 22 quality starts. Why I said 22 start is that the Maple Leafs need a goalie to limit Reimer to around 60 starts. Reimer is the #1 guy for the future, but I believe the Leafs should gradually lead him into being able to carry a number one load.
In considering all this info I would look towards trying to sign Smith or Turco in a backup role first, but a contract for Giguere to me would look something like 1 or 2 years at $1.5 million per, with bonuses.
Please comment on my website or on twitter @thejazlive with your thoughts of what Giguere should make this coming season.
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