Many people were wondering why the Colorado Avalanche went out at the trade deadline to acquire goaltender Reto Berra when the team already had two established NHLers in Semyon Varlamov and J-S Giguere. However, the trade is beginning to make more sense after the Denver Post reported that the veteran goalie said this recently about retirement: “Not 100 percent sure, but definitely leaning that way. You have to be honest with yourself, and (the end of the season) might be the time. But I don’t want to talk about that right now. It’s not the time or place.”
Does this mean that the 36-year-old pending unrestricted free agent retires at the end of the season? Maybe not, but the pieces are certainly coming together. There are rumours that the Avalanche are going to sign Berra to a multi-year contract, so there won’t be room for Giguere on the roster next year. However, Berra can also a UFA at the end of the season, which could make things interesting.
J.S. Giguere and the Avalanche have enjoyed an incredible season and currently sit in 3rd in the tough central division. Retiring on a high note is something Giguere may take into consideration, so if the team does well in the playoffs, Giguere will be satisfied and will probably consider retiring.
The last active NHL player to play for the Hartford Whaler has enjoyed a fantastic career so far and even won the 2003 ESPY Award for best player in the NHL.