Found January 04, 2012 on
Last season, an Achilles' heel for the Colorado Avalanche was their last line of defense.
To rectify their shaky goaltending situation, the Avs sent first- and second-round draft picks to Washington for netminder Semyon Varlamov. They also signed free-agent veteran Jean-Sebastien Giguere to a two-year deal to be the backup and to provide guidance for the young Varlamov.
Somebody apparently forgot to tell the 34-year-old Giguere this is 2011-12, not five or more seasons ago when "Jiggy" was one of the elite between the pipes.
Named the league's third star of the week just after Christmas, Giguere is 9-5-0 in 16 starts with a .927 save percentage and a 1.96 goals-against average. In 26 games, Varlamov is 13-13-1 with a 2.96 goals-against average and .900 save percentage.
"The situation was perfect for me here. I knew that I wasn't going to get a No. 1 job somewhere, so the next best-case scenario was to (come here) where I can help him out and push him, ...
BEST OF MAXIM
Oft-injured forward Peter Mueller is skating at Avalanche practice today, on a line with Gabriel Landeskog and Milan Hejduk.
Avalanche center Paul Stastny and wingers David Jones and TJ Galiardi have something to prove. At the very least, they want to complement the Ryan O'Reilly-centered line, Colorado's most productive in all three zones.
Rugged Avalanche defenseman Ryan Wilson was activated today and will be available when the team visits the Blackhawks on Friday and the Blues on Saturday. Wilson, who has missed the past 13 games with a head injury, is second on the team in plus-minus, at plus-5, and led the team in that category when he banged his head off the glass at Vancouver on Dec. 6. (Rookie Gabriel Landeskog...
Avalanche defenseman Ryan Wilson was activated from injured reserve today and will be available when the team begins a consecutive-game road trip Friday at the Chicago Blackhawks.
Avalanche leading scorer Ryan O'Reilly is not practicing with the team today, and oft-injured forward Peter Mueller is taking his spot on a line with Gabriel Landeskog and Milan Hejduk.
A fire alarm recently interrupted an Avalanche practice at the club's Centennial headquarters, and another alarm Wednesday had some wondering what was wrong inside the same building.
Extremely streaky on the road this season, the Colorado Avalanche are currently in the midst of a positive stretch away from home.
Trying to extend their road winning streak to four Friday night, the surging Avalanche look for a second straight victory at the United Center against the Chicago Blackhawks, who hope to avoid matching a season high with a third consecutive defeat.
Three key aspects of the Kings’ 2-1 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche...
1. LESS FLASH, MORE CRASH
The Kings played an outstanding first period, even though they weren’t rewarded with a goal. They forechecked with aggression,...