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Avs complete goaltending makeover, add J.S. Giguere

Sean Leahy
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So maybe Semyon Varlamov wasn't the near-term fix for the Colorado Avalanche's goaltending situation.

Not long after Greg Sherman sent Washington Capitals GM George McPhee a first-round pick and a second rounder for Varlamov, he brings in Jean-Sebastien Giguere on a two-year deal worth $2.5 million (according to the Denver Post's Adrian Dater) to round out the Avs' crease.

According to Sherman, the No. 1 job is still up for grabs despite Giguere's veteran presence and the bounty he gave up to acquire Varlamov.

"Giguere is a veteran netminder who will complete our goaltending tandem," said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.  "He is a proven winner and his addition will be beneficial to our entire team."

Many had Tomas Vokoun pegged for Colorado, but his price tag was much higher than Giguere's. And with the Avs not expected to be contending for any Stanley Cups in the near future, that likely was a factor why Vokoun won't be in Colorado next season. Vokoun will turn 35 on Saturday and spent enough time losing in Florida.

Giguere will be a good veteran presence to mentor Varlamov, if either can stay healthy long enough over the next two seasons.

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