So, do we have a goaltending controversy?
There is nothing much controversial about a coach's choice of goal-tenders in the NHL. The guy who is playing best plays the next game. But it will nonetheless be interesting to see who will be in goal Sunday night for the Avalanche against the San Jose Sharks. Will coach Joe Sacco stick with the veteran Jean-Sebastien Giguere — who got his second consecutive start Friday night against the Dallas Stars — or go back to usual No. 1 netminder Semyon Varlamov?
After Giguere blanked the Stars 3-0 for his 35th career shutout before 16,091 at the Pepsi Center, Sacco sounded unsure. Let the controversy begin.
"Giggy is playing very well, giving us what we expected," Sacco said. "Varly has played very well for us, especially at the start of the year. You know, he's going through a tough stretch right now, but I'm confident he'll be back to top form too."
Giguere has seen too many ups and downs in his 14-year career to get too comfortable regarding his role. He has been a Conn Smythe winner, a Stanley Cup winner and he's been on the bench not long after doing both.
"The future of this team belongs to Varly, there's no doubt about that," said Giguere, who stopped 24 Stars shots and has allowed one goal in his last two starts. "This is the toughest league in the world, and sometimes it gets to you. I don't have any doubt about Varly, the way he's been working in practice. You know he's going to bounce back, but my job is to take over and try to do the best I can, to try to give the team a chance."
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