View Full Version : Giguere holds no bitterness over firing

04-26-2009, 01:25 PM
In the nearly two weeks since being fired as general manager from the Avalanche, Francois Giguere has mostly stayed quiet. While he hopes to work again in NHL management, Giguere believes getting away from it all awhile longer might not be a bad thing.

"Being a manager in the NHL is a job you do 2 4/7/365. That's the way it was for three years for me, so I realize maybe taking some time away and being with my family more might be good for me," Giguere said.

Giguere, 45, said he holds no bitterness toward the Avalanche. He called the dismissal "a surprise, but not a shock" because of the team's poor performance this past season.

"When you have a year like we did, you know there might be a change," he said. "It was just one of those years. But most everything good that has happened to me in my career in hockey has happened with the Avalanche organization, so I still have nothing but good memories."

Giguere said he could have done things differently but would not be specific. "I don't want to get into, 'I should have signed this guy, I shouldn't have signed that guy,' " he said. "It's not fair to those guys you might name and might or might not still be with the team. In the end, I know that I worked as hard as I could."

Giguere's major decisions with the Avs included the free- agent signings of Ryan Smyth and Scott Hannan, the re-acquisitions of Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote, the trading of Alex Tanguay for Jordan Leopold, and letting veterans Jose Theodore and Andrew Brunette go as free agents.

Some of those decisions worked out, but the contracts he handed out have saddled the team cap-wise entering next season.

But Giguere believes a couple of his lesser-publicized moves might produce future dividends such as the second-round pick in this year's draft the Avs got for flipping Leopold back to Calgary and the second-rounder the Avs received for sending Brad Richardson to Los Angeles last year. That pick became goalie Peter Delmas.

He also believes young players drafted on his watch such as Chris Stewart, T.J. Galiardi, Kevin Shattenkirk and Cameron Gaunce will become solid NHL players.

Giguere said he has "no idea" who will be his successor and expressed support for coach Tony Granato to keep his job.

"Tony and I were close," he said. "It was just a tough year for both of us, and everybody in the organization."

Giguere will continue to live in the Denver area. He has two children still in high school here. http://www.denverpost.com/avalanche/ci_12228726