J.S. Giguere hints at retiring

Swiss goalie Reto Berra met his new Avalanche teammates Tuesday, nearly a week after he was acquired from Calgary for a second-round draft pick. And his arrival as the No. 3 goalie began to make more sense.

Berra, who took shots in an optional practice along with No. 2 goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, had visa and immigration problems that prevented him from entering the United States until Monday night.

The Avs traded for Berra and will keep him on the big-league roster as the No. 3 goalie. Giguere, who will turn 37 in May, and the 27-year-old Berra both can be unrestricted free agents July 1.

Giguere said he is leaning toward retirement after this season. The Avs said they are confident Berra will sign a multi-year extension to be Semyon Varlamov’s backup for next season and beyond.

“We’re presently working on signing him,” Roy said, adding that he and vice president Joe Sakic would not have given up a second-round draft pick if they expected Berra would test free agency.


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