National Hockey League

Giguere announces retirement
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
In 2003-04, Jean-Sebastien Giguere became the fifth player in league history to win
the Conn Smythe Trophy as a member of the losing team in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who patrolled NHL creases for 16 seasons and spent last year as a backup with the Colorado Avalanche, announced his retirement on Thursday.

"On behalf of the Colorado Avalanche, I would like to congratulate Jean- Sebastien on an outstanding hockey career. His achievements speak for themselves, from winning the Stanley Cup to winning the Conn Smythe, Jiggy was always a top-notch goaltender," said Joe Sakic, Avs executive vice president of hockey operations. "He was also a very important part of our team during the past three seasons, providing veteran leadership and stability in net. We wish him and his family the best of luck."

Giguere finished 11-6-1 with a 2.62 goals-against average and two shutouts over 22 appearances for the surprise Central Division champions in 2013-14, his third and final campaign for the club.  Full Story

NHL takes on tanking with new lottery rules
Dan Di Sciullo, NHL Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Although it's not a strategy any team will openly admit to employing, there is no question tanking for a higher draft pick is a part of professional sports.

The NHL, however, is hoping to discourage the practice by introducing a new set of rules for the annual draft lottery. It's an attempt by the league to level the playing field and make the lottery a fairer system in the long run, but there is no question it could hurt rebuilding clubs like the Buffalo Sabres in the short term.

Beginning with the 2015 lottery, the team with the worst record in the league will face longer odds to land the top overall pick. Under the previous system the team finishing 30th in the league standings held a 25 percent shot at grabbing the coveted No. 1 selection, but that club will now have a 20 percent chance at picking first.  Full Story

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