Weâ€™ve partnered up with Pension Plan Puppets to bring to you a Player Review series, where we will be evaluating and grading the 2009-10 season for every Leaf who featured in a significant number of games for the Blue and White last season, with an eye towards 2010-11. Today we feature Jean-Sebastien Giguere, profiled by PPP Guest Justin Goldman.
“The Summary: Jean-Sebastien Giguere’s arrival in Toronto represented a lot of things. First and foremost, it represented the moment when, after 100+ days of atrocious goaltending, Brian Burke was finally able to change the Leafs‘ fortunes. It represented the first time since the lockout that the Leafs‘ defencemen and forwards could be confident that on any given night they were playing in front of an NHL calibre goalie. And it also showed the extent to which Brian Burke was working to put the support network in place to maximize Jonas Gustavsson’s potential. So how do you evaluate a goalie? Well, you ask an expert to offer his thoughts.
There’s only one year remaining on Giguere’s bloated contract, which will equal a six million dollar cap hit next season. That means the chances of trading him are slimmer than a sheet of saran wrap. With that being said, Toronto might as well squeeze everything they possibly can out of him. And that is where the discussion lies. Contract issues and drama aside, how many games should he play and how often should he play them? As it is with all teams that have a 1A-1B tandem, effective minute management will be the key to allowing both to be successful.“
RateÂ Giguere below on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the best) based on his performanceÂ relative to his potential and your expectations for the season