We continue our look back at the 2013-2014 Colorado Avalanche season today by highlighting the final game in Jean-Sebastien Giguere‘s career.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere spent most of his career with the Anaheim Ducks. He won the Conn Smythe with the Ducks in 2002-2003 and then won the Stanley Cup with them in 2006-2007. He’s spent the last three years with the Colorado Avalanche in a back-up role behind Semyon Varlamov. His most memorable Avalanche moment might’ve been his infamous Las Vegas rant last year, where he called out the team for their poor play, accusing them of being, “more worried about their Vegas trip at the end of the season than playing the remaining games.” This season, many speculated that it would be Giguere’s last in the NHL. He signed a one-year deal with the Avalanche in the offseason and battled back problems throughout the season. At 37-years old, the writing seemed on the wall for Giguere. So it was fitting that his final game came on the road against the Anaheim Ducks, where he spent his best years. Nothing was at stake in the game. The Avs had already clinched the central division while the Ducks had already clinched the western conference. It was simply the last game on the schedule. Giguere gave a strong performance, making 33 saves on 36 shots, but ultimately lost in overtime. After the game, Teemu Selanne, likely playing in his final regular season game as well, took a victory lap with Giguere to a standing ovation at the Honda Center.
While Giguere hasn’t officially announced his retirement, he’s strongly hinted at it and will likely make it official in the coming weeks.