Online sports gambling handicappers respected Giguere as one of the top goaltenders in all of sports gambling during that time but that time has long since passed. The Anaheim Ducks have struggled this year in the Western Conference online sports gambling playoff race as they were in the 11th spot when they decided that it was time to trade Giguere to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the hope of jump starting their sports gambling season and igniting a gambling sports playoff run.
Giguere will be re-united with Toronto general manager Brian Burke, who served in that same online sports gambling spot with Anaheim when he built the Ducks into a Stanley Cup champion.
There have been plenty of online sports gambling trade rumors involving Giguere as Jonas Hiller earned number one goaltender status with the Ducks in their playoff run of last year.
Giguere was an online sports gambling fan favorite in Anaheim as he backstopped the Ducks to the Stanley Cup Finals in both 2003, when they lost to New Jersey in seven games, and in 2007 when they defeated the Ottawa Senators.
The handwriting has basically been on the online sports gambling wall since last spring when Hiller started all of the Ducks playoff games including the critical game 7 matchup in the Western Conference Finals against Detroit, which Anaheim lost 3-4.
Anaheim general manager Bob Murray praised Giguere for his online sports gambling success at Anaheim. “He single-handedly took a team to the Stanley Cup Final in ‘03, won a Cup in ‘07, and besides that he was a leader on and off the ice in the community.”
The key player acquired by the Ducks in the online sports gambling trade with Toronto was left wing Jason Blake, who was a 40-goal scorer with the Islanders in 2006-07. Blake had 10 goals in 56 games with Toronto this year. Blake hopes to help the Ducks playoff push.
“I’m definitely very excited,” said Blake. “As of yesterday I was on a team that was not in the playoff chase. To go to a team that’s only a few points out, hopefully we can put together quite a few wins.”