In this edition of Colorado Avalanche Throwback Thursday, we look back at Jean-Sebastien Giguere sounding off on a Avalanche team going nowhere.
It wasn’t a good year for the 2012-2013 Colorado Avalanche. By April, they sat dead last in the NHL with no chance at making the playoffs and generally seemed to be lacking effort on the ice. Following a 3-1 loss to the Calgary Flames, their fifth straight defeat, Avalanche back-up goalie J.S. Giguere had some choice words about his team and their “effort.”
“Some guys are more worried about their Vegas trip at the end of the season than playing the remaining games. Quite frankly, I don’t care about your Vegas trip right now. It’s not constructive, it’s embarrassing. I’m embarrassed to be here right now. It’s not even funny.”
“Giggy” went on to explain that it wasn’t talent that was holding the team back, it was, “a lack of focus” and “a losing mentality.”
With only nine games remaining following Giguere’s comments, the Avs were already dead in the water, but the effort did pick up in those final nine games.
Giguere’s message was loud and clear though: things needed to change in the organization. And after the season, things did change.
Joe Sakic became the Vice President of Hockey Operations, head coach Joe Sacco was fired and replaced by Patrick Roy, and Shane O’Brien (rumored to be the man behind the Vegas trip) was traded to Calgary along with David Jones for Alex Tanguay and Cory Sarich.
Giguere only spent three seasons with the Avalanche and won only 31 games in those three years, but what he did off the ice was far more important than anything he accomplished on the ice with the Avalance.