Jean-Sebastien Giguere to Detroit Red Wings: A Match Made in Heaven?
Jean-Sebastien Giguere, the star of the (Mighty) Ducks' 2003 Western Conference Quarterfinals victory over the President's Trophy winners from Michigan, was quoted today as saying he'd rather retire than spend the season backing up Jonas Hiller.
Returning from injury, Giguere replaced Justin Pogge—who was sent down to the Duck pond—in the rotation and is not happy at the prospect of spending the rest of his days as a Duck relegated to obscurity.
He should've ripped a page out of Dwayne Roloson's book. Roloson—the star of another upset against Detroit—spent a good part of two seasons backing up Mathieu Garon before winning back his starting job during the season of 2008-09.
Admittedly, the situation in Anaheim is rather different.
So different that Giguere is willing to waive his no-trade clause.
Giguere is locked in for two more years with his big contract and Hiller is slated to be a UFA this offseason. He could be in for a brand-spanking-new contract before Giguere even finds a new home.
Among the teams looking for some stability in the crease area, one has to go no further than the team Giguere eliminated in 2003, the Detroit Red Wings.
The Red Wings have struggled mightily this season, largely due to an influx of youth, a few key injuries, and in-net inconsistency.
Jimmy Howard hasn't exactly looked like an NHL-caliber goaltender.
As for Osgood, even though he has had many good seasons—not including this one—and has won the Cup, I believe he's nowhere near Giguere in talent. Giguere has got at least a few more good seasons in him and he's a proven solution.
The Red Wings management (specifically GM Ken Holland, who has said he doesn't want to look outside the organization for help) has been quoted as saying that Detroit won't acquire a pricey goaltender unless they know that guy is one of the league's best.
"My feeling is if you can get one of the five or six best goalies in the league you can spend the money. We can’t get into those guys, and the difference between the eighth goalie in the league and the 15th goalie, it’s a big difference in money. It’s not a big difference in performance."
In the case of Giguere, I think there's not much doubt in the Red Wings' mind that he could do the job.
The problem with Detroit is its lack of cap space, and history of signing free agent goalies and making deadline deals as opposed to shaking up the roster early in a season. With a few key veteran forwards such as Johan Franzen and Valterri Filppula on long-term IR, it would be more of a cap nightmare when said forwards returned to the fold.
Would Detroit be willing to ship out the salary of, for example, a guy like Brad Stuart or Brian Rafalski (with the emergence of Jonathan Ericsson) for a guy like Nick Boyton?
I wonder if an offer of Rafalski and Osgood would return Giguere and Boynton?
Is this deal beneficial to both teams? Neither team? An overpayment (by Detroit or Anaheim)?
Lend me your ears and leave me your opinions, folks.
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