Jean-Sebastien Giguere leaning toward retirement after season

These are the final days for Jean-Sebastien Giguere in an Avalanche uniform and, quite possibly, in any NHL uniform. The Avs have informed the 36-year-old goalie he’s not in their plans for next season, preferring that Swiss rookie Reto Berra serve as the backup to Semyon Varlamov in the near future.

The Avs’ only acquisition at the trade deadline was the 27-year-old Berra, which could have created a tense situation in the dressing room. Here was a proud, former Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe winner suddenly having to share roster space with an unproven youngster. Giguere could have gotten upset, and many might have thought it justified.

But Giguere doesn’t want to go out an angry man. He has put his personal feelings aside and will do what is best for the team, which includes sharing as much wisdom as he can with Berra before he hangs up his skates.

“You could choose to be bitter and cranky, or you could choose to be a professional and enjoy the time you have left. I want to take it day to day and make the most of it,” Giguere said. “It’s not (Berra’s) fault, and it’s not my fault. It’s just the way it is. He’s a great guy, so I have nothing bad to say about him.”

Still, Giguere said it stung a bit when he heard of Berra’s acquisition. Had the Avs suddenly lost all confidence in him the rest of the season? Would he even be part of the team anymore? Those were questions going through Giguere’s mind when he sat down with Avalanche coach Patrick Roy shortly after the trade for a frank discussion.

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