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Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL August 22nd, 2014

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It's official, Jiggy has retired.

Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere is retiring after 16 NHL seasons in which he won 262 games, a Conn Smythe Trophy and a Stanley Cup championship.

Giguere made the announcement in Quebec on Thursday while with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada hockey team. He's part owner of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League squad.

Avs executive Joe Sakic calls Giguere a "top-notch goalie." Giguere served as Semyon Varlamov's backup last season in Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy's first season behind the bench.

The National Post also has an article about Giguere.

Giguère served as Semyon Varlamov's backup last season in Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy's first season behind the bench. The team made it back to the post-season for the first time since 2010.

What's more, Giguère took rookie Nathan MacKinnon under his wing and allowed the talented teenager to live in the family's basement all season. The two even car-pooled to games and practices.

The Sharks have taken the "C" away from Thornton.

The San Jose Sharks have taken the captaincy away from Joe Thornton as the team looks to "re-establish the hierarchy" according to head coach Todd McLellan.

"If it's real evident (Thornton) is the guy, he'll be the captain," McLellan said, telling CSN Bay Area there would be an open competition to determine the next captain and alternates.

"If there's somebody else that assumes that role and is prepared to take it on and is doing a very good job, then they will be. To say we stripped him, no. We've cleaned the slate, and we're going to go forward."

Thornton has been the captain of the Sharks since the 2010-11 season.

"It's a big honor, and it's a big responsibility," Thornton told the San Jose Mercury News, "so it's a little strange when they take it away from you."

As mentioned before (but with less details), but perhaps you missed it, Tangs helped sell Iggy on playing for the Avalanche.

According to L.A. Lariviere of TVA Sports (link in French), former Calgary Flames and soon-to-be Avalanche teammate Alex Tanguay helped convince Iginla Denver was the place to be. Here's a poorly translated quote from the story:

"A week before, Joe Sakic (vice-president of hockey operations) called me," Tanguay said. "He asked me Jarome's phone number. They asked me to call him to sell the merits of Colorado. It was not difficult!"

CTV news takes a look as some other incidents since the Moore-[Retracted] sucker punch. (Includes video, but they don't start automatically)

Hockey's unofficial fighting "code" dodged a court date this week, after Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore settled a civil lawsuit on Tuesday stemming from Bertuzzi's career-ending revenge hit on Moore a decade ago.


The unwritten hockey code dictates a team's skilled players should not become targets of vicious bodychecks or "cheap" shots. When that does happen, the victim's tougher teammates are expected to retaliate, usually by fighting or attacking the player who delivered the hit.

Clark MacArthur will remain in Ottawa for a bit longer.

The Ottawa Senators have signed forward Clarke MacArthur to a $23.25 million (U.S.), five-year contact extension.


The deal runs through the end of the 2019-'20 season and has an average annual value of $4.65 million, the team said in a release.

Don Cherry did the ALS bucket challenge.