There are several factors to why the Colorado Avalanche have struggled this season and with the team now in last place in the Western Conference, plans for next season need to be worked on.
The biggest problem with this team is their goaltending. Jean-Sebastien Giguere used to be good, but has found himself in a backup role this season for Colorado and could have reached a point now in his career where it could be time to find retirement.
Giguere is 2-2-1 this year with a 3.14 goals against average. The last five games that Giguere has been in a game, Colorado has lost. The best years of Giguere are behind him now at age-35 and while he has proven in the past that he can be a great goalie, I don’t think he is doing that anymore.
There are just too many goals being given up by him and that equals trouble for a Colorado team that isn’t scoring enough goals to get away with it.
Giguere hasn’t played much this season and has started fewer than 30 games in each of the last four seasons, so unless there is something magical going to happen, it’s time to hang the skates up. The fans of the Anaheim Ducks can love Giguere forever for his performance ten years ago, but there isn’t a lot of love outside of that season for Giguere.
It’s been fun from the first-round pick from Montreal, but the sand in the hourglass has run out.