Ducks' Giguere: I'd rather retire than be a backup goalie.

J.P. Hoornstra, Staff Writer

Ducks goaltender Jean- Sebastien Giguere: “I’d rather retire than be a backup goalie.” was in full health Monday and will accompany the team on a four-game road trip starting Wednesday in New Jersey.But for how much longer?

Now that he’s recovered from the strained groin he suffered on Oct. 24, Giguere has an opportunity to wrest the No. 1 job from Jonas Hiller, who has started the last six games. If Giguere cannot regain the starting job, he said “I’d rather retire than be a backup goalie.”

“Something needs to happen,” Giguere said. “You get a guy like (Hiller) that’s going to be a free agent at the end of the year and myself, making the money I’m making, either I’m leaving or he’s leaving.”

Hiller, 27, is due $1.3 million in the final year of his contract. Giguere, 32, will make $13 million over the next two seasons. This has led to speculation that the Ducks would seek a deal for Giguere, who has a no-trade clause in his contract.

Giguere, asked Monday if he has been approached about waiving the no-trade clause, said, “That’s something you probably should ask Bob Murray.” The Ducks’ general manager declined comment through a spokesperson.

“I want to play; that’s when I have fun. Right now, this is not fun,” Giguere said. “I am looking forward to having fun at some point at some time. I’m not sure what’s going to happen, but it’s going to happen.”

To make room for Giguere on the active roster, the Ducks assigned goaltender Justin Pogge to Bakersfield of the ECHL.

33 Responses to Ducks' Giguere: I'd rather retire than be a backup goalie.

  1. PTack says:

    lint or trademan or whoever runs this site… its time to take J Bow off the banner. Shall we start a list?

    So far Jiggy takes it.

  2. reinjosh says:

    yah J Bo needs to come down
    im thinking Vinny

  3. UWSensFan says:

    The biggest question is would Giggy accept a trade to be a #1 somewhere else or retire?  From what I've heard, he's being pushed out of the #1 role in Anaheim…what if it turns into move or retire?

  4. Magleaf says:

    Brent burns from the wild should be up there

  5. dizon says:

    when i go to this website on my phone, the banner is kovalchuk

    But now when i log on using my computer, its back to jbo
    lol wierd.. but the kovaulchuk one was awesome
  6. DandoEagle says:


    Ok let's get the bail rolling

    To Anaheim


    To Toronto

    2nd Rd pick 2010

  7. the_word says:

    To Anahiem: Briere

    To Philly: Gigeure

    Briere goes to another market where his floating can fall under the radar. Anahiem gets an above average star that they couldn't land otherwise on the UFA market. Philly gets the Stanley Cup and some cap relief long term.

  8. reinjosh says:

    no one from toronto wants giguere

  9. reinjosh says:

    why though?
    philly doesnt need any goaltending help
    Emery is playing just as expected

  10. Magleaf says:

    no,  no fan of the maple leafs want him

  11. the_word says:

    You really think Emery is a long term safe bet?

  12. zackman13 says:

    its kovaluchuck now! and it looks good.

  13. zackman13 says:

    Do you really think that Giguere is a long term safe bet either? I know hes better than emery, but he makes 4.5 mil more.

  14. the_word says:

    Yes, I'd feel infinitely more comfortable going into the playoffs with Giggy and Emery than just Emery.

    Not to mention Philly would love to dump Briere.

  15. dizon says:

    wow is it just me or did dando just suggest a fair trade involving the leafs?

    its still not a trade the leafs would take, but at least dando's gettin cooler lol
    all aboard the dando bandwagon?
  16. mojo19 says:

    look at the picture closely. What hand does Kovalchuck shoot……. Although you can't see the stick in the pic, his right hand should be flipped the other way.

  17. mojo19 says:

    Philadelphia has always been cheap with goalies, that's been their downfall.

    They especially could have won a cup during the years they had Primeau, Roenick, Kapanen, LeClair, Recchi, Brashear, Handzus…. I know I'm missinga couple good guys. They had a great group of forwards, solid defense (although lack of depth had them putting Sami Kapanen on D when they suffered injuries), but Esche and Czechmanik were not the answer.

  18. PTack says:

    whoaaaaa read this comment and hit refresh and it turned into kovaluchuck lol

  19. dizon says:

    wow didnt even recognize that

  20. broc says:

    Giguere is full of crap. He's not going to retire when next season he's getting paid like 7 million bucks. What a bunch of smoke and mirrors, I can't believe you guys believe him.

    He'll play next year, even if he's a backup or duelling with someone for starting goalie. It's the law of money.. he'll be in the NHL in ANY capacity for that wage.

  21. hockeylegend488 says:

    to the ducks
    phil kessel
    to the leafs:
    first round pick,
    saku koivu
    then at the dead line try for a first round pick for koivu
    so we get all our picks back, rid our selves of taskala and get a proven net minder who can stop something smaller then a beach ball

  22. leafshockey says:

    Can't tell what hand his stick is actually in. Could just be pumping his arm as he skates.

  23. leafshockey says:

    Or, what if Anaheim calls his bluff? Just says okay, retire.

  24. leafshockey says:

    That is also getting rid of our number one player for the future. NO WAY Burke would do that. Saku Koivu? Seriously? Kessel is the one spark this team has right now, him and Gustavsson make this team right now. And now you wanna get rid of him?

    Gustavsson is also stopping a little more than the occasional beachball, in case you didn't hear.

  25. leafshockey says:

    Completely unrelated, but, how lucky are leafs fans that Kessel put one in in his third game, and another last night against Minnisota? Could you imagine the freak out we'd all be having if he hadn't scored yet?

  26. mojo19 says:

    I agree, you can't see what hand the stick is actually in, but I think its an error. I think they were going for him skating with the stick in the hand, the right shoulder is up, left shoulder down, and right hand – palm facing him, as if he was a left handed shooter.

    Just saying….

  27. mojo19 says:

    hahaha, its true. He's got some finish, quick release and great shot.

  28. leafshockey says:

    He clarified his comments later. He says no, he won't be retiring, and that he wants to stay in Anaheim and battle for the number one spot there.

  29. cam7777 says:

    Yes, now we can move on to nagging about the other parts of his game.

    In all seriousness though, the kid looks great.  Once he gets a playmaking center, or another high-profile player to play with, he will turn it up another notch.  For now though, he needs to stop trying to do it all by himself.  He has actually slowed down the momentum of our powerplay the last couple games. 

    They should be letting Hagman, Mitchell, Kaberle or Blake carry the puck into the zone – all are better at this than Kessel.  Pass it to Kessel when you are ready for the shot.  Otherwise he will try to deke through 3 defenders, and Kaberle has to go back and get from Gustavsson.

  30. lukeleim says:

    Trade Vesa Toskala, Jeff Finger and the rights to Jimmy Hayes to the Anaheim Ducks for Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Nick Boynton.Trade Jason Blake, Jiri Tlusty and Mikhail Stefanovich to the Florida Panthers for Nathan Horton and Ville Koistinen.Francois Beauchemin to the Phoenix Coyotes for the Coyotes’ second round draft pick of 2010.

    Niklas Hagman – Nathan Horton – Phil Kessel
    Alexei Ponikarovsky – Mikhail Grabovski – Nikolai Kulemin
    John Mitchell – Matt Stajan – Lee Stempniak
    Rickard Wallin – Wayne Primeau – Colton Orr
    Jay Rosehill

    Tomas Kaberle – Mike Komisarek
    Ian White – Luke Schenn
    Nick Boynton – Garnet Exelby
    Ville Koistinen

    Jonas Gustavsson
    Jean-Sebastien Giguere

  31. reinjosh says:

    No. Why would we get Giguere. It makes little to no sense and absolutely no sense if we give up what you suggest.  We could get a far cheaper goalie.
    To get Horton, I wouldn't give anything more than Blake and Tlusty (at most) for him.
    I would rather keep Beauchemin and trade Komisarek.

  32. mojo19 says:

    I agree to keep Beauchemin over Komisarek, but we'll end keeping both at least for the next couple seasons so get used to them.

  33. reinjosh says:

    yeah i fully expect that

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