Leafs’ starting goalie Giguere hopes to return this weekend

Updated: November 22, 2010 at 7:31 am by Alexander Monaghan

The Leafs play back-to-back games this weekend at Ottawa and Buffalo, in which Giguere hopes to return during.  Giguere hopes to begin practicing tomorrow, which would be an earlier return than originally expected.  In his absence, Jonas Gustavsson has been excellent going 1-1 and allowing only three goals over 132 minutes.

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Giguere will miss one to two weeks.  We will keep you updated, for now prepare for the team to roll with Gustavsson.

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Jean-Sebastien Giguere left last night’s game with tightness in his groin area.  The injury is seen more of a precautionary measure, according to Giguere via Jonas Siegel of Eat, Sleep, Leafs:

“You don’t want to pull yourself like that,” Giguere said. “But at that point I think it would’ve been selfish for me to stay in and not be 100%.”

Over the past month of so Giguere has established himself as a leader in the lockeroom and a veteran presence amongst a young team, especially with captain Dion Phaneuf injured.  His counterpart Jonas Gustavsson relieved Giguere and made six wins en route to the victory.

This injury does not sound serious but Gustavsson could get the next start regardless.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Toronto Maple Leafs