Report: J.S. Giguere ready to retire from NHL

Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy-winning goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 597 appearances in the NHL. (Chris Schneider/AP)

Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy-winning goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere appears ready to retire from the NHL.

According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, Giguere wants to speak with his agent and the NHLPA before officially hanging up his pads for good.

For the last six seasons, the 37-year-old has been reduced primarily to a backup role. In 22 appearances with the Colorado Avalanche this season, Giguere posted a 11-6-1 record with a save percentage of .913, goals-against average of 2.62 and two shutouts.

Giguere’s contract officially expires on July 1.

In 597 career regular-season games, the Montreal native posted a 262-216-25-64 record with 38 shutouts, a career save percentage of .913 and a GAA of 2.53.

He went 33-17 in the post-season, all with the Anaheim Ducks from 2002 to 2009. In the 2003 Stanley Cup Final, Giguere won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP despite his team losing to the New Jersey Devils. In the 2007 playoffs, Giguere went 13-4 and helped lead the Ducks to the franchise’s first Cup win.

Giguere was drafted 13th overall by the Hartford Whalers in 1995. In fact, he is the last active player in the NHL to have played for the Hartford Whalers. He also spent time with the Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs during his NHL career.

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