As expected, goalie Jean-Seabstien Giguere will be going under the knife later in April. The 33-year-old expressed frustration during the season at a recurring groin problem that he said he'd have checked after the schedule ends. AM 640 radio reported Thursday morning that it's been diagnosed as a sports hernia, causing the groin issue that cost him 21 games and led to James Reimer as the No. 1 stopper.
"We always made the decision to keep going and try to keep pushing knowing that I would have to get it done by the end of the year," Giguere told the station.
Giguere had a similar operation on the opposite side in 2007 with Anaheim.
"If I want to be attractive to anybody I've got to get myself fixed," said Giguere, an impending unrestricted free agent, who hasn't ruled out a return with the Leafs . That would depend on a 100% recovery and GM Brian Burke deciding he wants a veteran around for insurance purposes — at a bargain price.
This year in general was not a perilous one for Toronto's health, compared to others. The Leafs will come in under 200-man games lost to injury. Their long-term injury was to winger Colton Orr, injured in a fight on Jan. 20 and yet to return, though he started skating the past couple of weeks.
Giguere slated for surgery
Toronto Sun | Apr 8