Colorado Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastian Giguere let out his frustration with the team following the Avs 3-1 loss Monday night to the Calgary Flames, but his coaches and teammates said Tuesday that he doesn’t need to apologize for the comments made.
The 35-year-old Giguere said Monday that his teammates are more worried about taking trips to Las Vegas than playing hockey.
“Some guys are more worried about their Vegas trip at the end of the season than playing the games, than playing every minute of the games. Quite frankly, I don’t care about your Vegas trip right now,” said Giguere in an interview with The Denver Post’s Adrian Dater.
“At some point, we have to understand. There’s no more excuses. It’s not about being young, it’s not about … we have to put our head into the game.”
Giguere said he’s embarrassed by his teammates lack of energy and focus.
“I don’t know what it is. I’ve been around for 15 years in this league and I don’t know what it is. I don’t know why we seem like we don’t care at points. I don’t know, I don’t know we seem like, you know — some guys are fighting to show that they belong in the NHL, some guys are fighting for contracts. And it’s just embarrassing, the way we, you know, the energy we have in the room and the way we approach practices and the way we approach this game. It’s not how you’re going to win any games in this league. I mean, this is a team (Calgary) that we can beat if we set our minds to it, and every day is the same story. I don’t know what to say. I’m beyond words right now.”
On Tuesday, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post asked Avalanche center Matt Duchene about the comments.
“I liked it,” Matt Duchene said. “I hoped everyone saw it. Obviously he let his emotions get the best of him, but sometimes that’s a good thing. I was a fan of it. That’s one example of what might be going on with some guys, but the biggest thing is, we can’t be looking for an easy way out. The hard way out is getting better every day as a team and as an individual, and that’s what we owe to ourselves, each other and to our fans. What Jiggy said hopefully grabbed the attention over everyone.
“And if there’s any guy in here who can say that, it’s him. It’s good that he’s upset. There’s other guys in here who are upset as well. This is not fun.”
Giguere is scheduled to start Wednesday for the Avs, who are in last place with 29 points in the Western Conference, against Anaheim and Thursday against Los Angeles. Starting goalie Semyon Varlamov is out with a hip injury.