Jean-Sebastien Giguere is a proud player, the longest-serving member of the Avalanche. His time in the NHL dates to the late, great days of the Hartford Whalers.
For Giguere to openly criticize his teammates is a big deal, something that shouldn't be dismissed lightly. After the Avalanche's 3-1 loss to the Calgary Flames on Monday night at the Pepsi Center, a frustrated Giguere ripped his team's commitment to the game.
"There's no more excuses. It's not about being young. It's not about anything. We have to put our head into the game," Giguere said. "Some guys are more worried about their Vegas trip at the end of the season than playing the games, playing every minute of the game. Quite frankly, I don't care about your Vegas trip right now. It's not constructive. We have to get out of this losing mentality. It starts with me and the next guy beside me, and everybody's got to do their part. It's embarrassing. I'm embarrassed to be here right now. It's not even funny."
Lost in the dissection for what has ailed the Avalanche this season has been its poor discipline. Entering Monday's showdown for last place in the NHL, the Avs ranked sixth in the league for most penalty minutes a game, an average of 13.1.
Against the 29th-place Calgary Flames at the Pepsi Center, the Avs continually put the Flames on the power play. The Avs now have a three-point "lead" on the nearest team for 30th place, which if they finish there would not guarantee the No. 1 pick but would guarantee no worse than the No. 2 pick in this spring's NHL draft.