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11-11-2009, 04:38 PM
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Originally Posted by jarek
Hmm, you might be right. I've always been under the impression that those other guys came in just as a safety. Perhaps it is no coincidence that all this started coming to the forefront after Burke left the GM post? One thing Burke has always been known for is ensuring that each of his players has a fair chance to make an NHL roster, whether it's his own or another team's. He handled the Bryzgalov situation with a lot of class, Giguere was the starter and he wanted Bryz to have a fair chance to be a starter as well, and when he couldn't trade him, he put him on waivers for someone else to take. I honestly believe Giguere's status as the defacto number 1 has never been put into question by his own management until now. It'll take a lot of convincing to convince me otherwise.
The Bryzgalov thing wasn't solely about finding him a starting role, though. Hiller deserved an NHL spot, so someone had to go in that situation.

As for the rest, I guess you'll just have to trust me, but his starter's job usually comes into question about once a year. The team has stuck behind him, and he's always(until now) won the starting job back, but, as mentioned, goaltending uncertainty has been pretty common in Anaheim.

My take on the matter is that Carlyle simply intends to ride Hiller quite a bit(which never happened with Giguere, but is happening with Hiller), and Giguere realizes he won't be playing much at all. Either way, up until now his attitude has never come into question, and even now he hasn't demanded a trade at all.

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