Anaheim brings Giguere in the fold

Just when it looked as if Anaheim's season might get off to a rocky start, the Ducks re-signed Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Updated: September 11, 2003, 3:12 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Just when it looked as if Anaheim's season might get off to a rocky start, Mighty Ducks general manager Bryan Murray averted disaster by re-signing playoff hero Jean-Sebastien Giguere to a four-year, $19.5 million contract Wednesday.

It just shows why Murray was executive of the year last season for building the Mighty Ducks into Western Conference champions and getting them within one victory of the Stanley Cup. If the Mighty Ducks are going to come close to matching last season's surprising run to the Stanley Cup finals, Murray needed his playoff hero at Disney Ice on Thursday for the beginning of training camp so there wouldn't be any distractions or causes for a bad start.

"Obviously we're happy with these events," Murray said from The Pond in Anaheim to members of the media Wednesday during a teleconference. "He took the initiative to be here the first day (of training camp) and made the commitment to us. We negotiated during the day yesterday and we were able to get both parties satisfied with the contract."

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