Giguere takes over starting job

By pbadmin

It was announced on Valentine’s day that Giguere was going to replace Hebert as the starting netminder. With the Big Ducks out of the playoff picture and Hebert’s play below normal (doesn’t help to have defensive letdowns in front of your net) the management thought it would be a good opportunity to groom the future goalie. Since the season is practically over, they might as well.

Guy Hebert has only one year left on his contract that contains a no trade clause. He has expressed his desire to end his career in a Ducks uniform. Barring any trades approved by him or retirement it looks like Hebert and Giguere will be the goalie tandem for next season.

For the following season, lookout! There might be a goalie controversy ahead. One thing the Ducks have done the past couple of seasons is acquire depth at the Goalie position. We’ve already seen what Giguere did in the AHL and waiting for him to mature in the NHL. Naumenko has been solid in net and is turning out to be one of the wisest free agent signings the Ducks have done. Ilja Bryzgalov is playing in the Russian elite league this season. We’ll get to see more of him at the World’s (along with Smirnov C) and next training camp where he hopefully signs and plays at the ‘Natti.

Gregg Naumenko has turned in an all-star performance again this season. He was named as the ITECH AHL Goaltender of the Month for January. Naumenko went 7-0-0 with a 2.94 GAA and .917 SV% in eight appearances to lead all AHL goaltenders in January as Cincinnati went 8-2-0-0 to tie a club record for wins (eight) and points (16) in one month. Naumenko joins former ‘Natti Duck Jean-Sebastien Giguere (October), Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Jean-Sebastien Caron (November) and Rochester’s Mika Noronen (December) as previous ITECH AHL Goaltender of the Month winners this season.

Gregg Naumenko has started 10 straight and 15 of the last 16 games for Cincinnati. He currently ranks third among AHL goaltenders in wins with 16. Following is a look at the winningest goalies in the AHL this season:

Dwayne RolosonWorcester IceCats20
Martin BrochuSaint John Flames19
Gregg NaumenkoCincinnati Mighty Ducks17
Miika KiprusoffKentucky Thoroughblades16
Mike MinardSt. John's Maple Leafs16
Mika NoronenRochester Americans15

Greg was originally passed over in the entry draft. He was signed as a free agent March 31, 1999. In the ’98-’99 season he led WCHA goaltenders in GAA (2.31) and SV% (.920) for Alaska-Anchorage. In his two years of professional hockey with the Ducks here are some of his accomplishments:

·  Named ITECH AHL Goaltender of the Month for January (7-0-0, 2.94 GAA, .917 SV% in eight games).
·  Has lost just twice in his last 13 decisions (9-2-2).
·  Won six straight starts January 6-26.
·  Ranks third among AHL goaltenders in wins (17 - ties career high set last season).
·  Currently tied for fourth among AHL netminders in shutouts (two).
·  Recorded second shutout with 26 saves in 6-0 win November 8 at Albany.
·  Notched first shutout with 23 saves in 3-0 win November 4 at Syracuse.
·  Is 7-4-2 with a 2.58 GAA and .914 SV% away from home.
·  Averaging 32.1 shots faced-per-60-minutes played.
·  Has made 30-or-more saves eight times this season.
·  Is first on Cincinnati's all-time career leader list in wins by a goaltender (34).
·  Named to the 2000 AHL All-Star Team, turning aside 12-of-13 shots for PlanetUSA
·  Appeared in 50 games last season with Cincinnati (AHL),
   going 17-25-7 with a 2.97 GAA and .906 SV%.

#30 - GREGG NAUMENKOHt: 6-2Wt: 195  D.O.B: 3-30-77 (Chicago, Illinois)
2000-2001:GP: 31Min:1637  Record: 17-9-2    GAA:   3.04 SV%: .905  SO:  2
Career w/Cincinnati:GP: 81Min:4430  Record: 34-34-9  GAA:   3.09SV%: .899  SO:  4