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It has been a frustrating season for Maple Leafs fans, and a big source for that frustration has been the inconsistency of the team’s goalies to keep the puck out of the net. Vesa Toskala was woeful, rarely showing the capability of an NHL-caliber goaltender. Jonas Gustavsson – AKA The Monster – was little better, struggling in his first NHL season after making the jump from the Swedish Elite League.
A former Conn Smythe Trophy winner and Stanley Cup champion Giguere knows how to win games. No, he is not an athletic goaltender like many of his peers, but his sheer size and his excellent positioning make him one of the best puck blockers in the NHL, and when he is on his game there are few tenders that are harder to beat.
Giguere made an immediate impact, pitching a shutout in his Leafs’ debut; one of hopefully many to come during his time as a Leaf. If Giguere is finally the answer to the Leafs’ goaltending woes then look for him to quickly vault to the top of the popularity chart in Toronto, and look for the Leafs to again become a team that can challenge for a playoff spot.