When Colorado Avalanche goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere called out his teammate for a lack of focus on the season and looking ahead to the summer, he was met with a mixed bag of reactions. Some former players felt he was wrong to call out his teammates anytime, anywhere and under any circumstances. Others felt that Giguere had the best intentions with what he said, and if the team’s response in the past four games is any indication, his message did hit home. The Avalanche are giving Giguere a chance to let his play do the talking the rest of the season, and since his rant he has performed quite well.
Giguere has started the last five games for the Avalanche, and while they have won only two games they have taken at least a point from four of those five contests. Giguere has received some assistance from a penalty kill that has allowed only one goal in the last four games, but he has still been pretty busy. He made 35 saves in a shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings on April 11, and has made at least 21 saves in each of his last four starts.
With both Giguere and Semyon Varlamov under contract for next season, the Avalanche may not have to worry about their goaltending situation quite yet. Giguere spoke up and acted like a veteran leader at a crucial time for his team, and could very well be in line to steal the starting job from Varlamov next season. While the recent effort from the Avalanche was too little, too late for this season, it has shown that the team does indeed have the young talent to be a contender in the next few seasons.