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Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere went on Toronto radio station FAN590 Monday to talk about the Stanley Cup Final and his future in Toronto.
“I think the Leafs are just waiting to see what’s going to happen,” said Giguere. “There’s a draft coming up, a bunch of stuff can happen at the draft.”
The Maple Leafs have two first round draft picks that they can use any way they please this summer. Many are expecting Leafs general manager Brian Burke to move at least one pick; some are even suggesting a player might be traded along with it. Still, Giguere hopes to remain in Toronto.
“I’m just going to wait and see. Obviously I’d love to go back with the Leafs,” he said. “I think they’re going to be a good fit for me and my family. We love the city of Toronto.”
However, it’s looking like Giguere won’t be wearing the blue and white of the Maple Leafs in 2011-2012. At 34, he is the only player on the Leafs’ current roster over the age of 29. Also worsening his situation are the Maple Leafs’ four goaltending prospects already playing professional hockey: Jonas Gustavsson, James Reimer, Jussi Rynnas, and Ben Scrivens.
“My stats haven’t been too good lately and with my injuries I’ve had this year I think it would be unrealistic,” Giguere said about trying to find a starting job. “Right now I’m seeking a place where I can go and help a young guy develop. My least favourite thing would be to go on a team where you know you’re only going to play about 10-12 games.”
Although the Montreal, Quebec native would certainly play more than 10-12 games in Toronto, he definitely wouldn’t be the Leafs’ starting goalie.
Reimer, fresh off signing a three-year, $5.4 million contract last week, has the best chance at earning the starting job. The 23-year-old had an outstanding rookie season in 2010-2011, finishing with a .921 save percentage and 2.60 goals against average. While Giguere may be taking over Reimer’s job completely next season, Giguere had some kind words for the youngster.
“Reims is a quiet kid. He works hard, he’s down to earth, he likes to ask questions about a whole bunch of stuff,” said Giguere. “I really enjoy working with him. He’s a good kid and I think he’s going to do well.”
Giguere will hit the open market on July 1 and is expected to draw limited interest. He earned $7 million last season to go along with a no-trade clause, but don’t expect him to be making nearly that much in the NHL next season.
Quotes courtesy of Sportsnet Radio Fan590.