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Giguere signs four-year deal with Ducks

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It could have gotten ugly in the Magic Kingdom. Now things are just ducky. The of Anaheim signed their star goaltender, , to a four-year contract Wednesday. Internet reports say the deal is worth $19.5 million over the four years. Giguere will make $4.5 million the first two years of the deal and $5.25 million the last two. "I am very happy to get this finally over with," Giguere said in a conference call. "I did not want to miss any part of training camp. It is very important for me to have a good training camp and have a good start to the season. Last season we struggled during the beginning of the season and it is important for us to start very strong. And I feel like training camp is a very big part of your preparation. "There was pressure on both sides knowing that training camp was coming up. Both sides wanted me in camp." Several reports surfaced over he past few days suggesting Giguere would not report to the Ducks training camp, which opens Thursday, opting to hold out for a bigger contract. The Ducks were reportedly offering a raise from $900,000 last season to $4 million. Giguere was reported to be seeking $7 million. "We knew he would ask for a fairly large increase," Mighty Ducks GM Bryan Murray said. "It has been the consistent history of the league, so we took a look at what he had done. He had a decent regular season and a fantastic playoffs. We studied what he had done game-by-game and knew the cost was going to go up. The original asking price was significantly higher, but we offered a fair contract and he¿ll be here for the opening of training camp." The winner of the 2003 Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, Giguere played in all 21 playoff games as the Ducks advanced to the Stanley Cup finals. He finished the postseason with the best goals-against average (1.62) and save percentage (.945) in the league, also establishing the longest playoff overtime shutout streak in NHL history (168:27, active streak). In sweeping the Detroit in the first round, Giguere and the Ducks became the first team since 1952 (Detroit over Toronto) to sweep a defending Stanley Cup Champion in the first round. Giguere played in 65 regular season games last season, going 34-22-6 with a 2.30 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage. He set new club records in wins (tied for fifth in the NHL) and shutouts (eight, tied for second in the NHL). The 6-1, 200-pound netminder recorded a scoreless minutes streak of 237:07 from Dec. 8-18 (spanning four games), the third longest by a goaltender in the modern era and the NHL¿s longest since 1950.
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