Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Sports
  3. NHL

With J.S. Giguere suffering from back spasms, Avalanche recall Sami Aittokallio

See also

The Colorado Avalanche have lost yet another player to injury; announcing Monday that goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere is out with back spasms.

To replace Giguere, the team has recalled goaltender Sami Aittokallio from the Lake Erie Monsters. Aittokallio has played in 19 games this season for the Monsters, going 8-8-1 with a 2.83 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage.

The 21-year-old Aittokallio played in one game for the Avs last season, allowing two goals on 25 shots to the Los Angeles Kings before being forced to leave the contest with cramps.

As for Giguere, the injury comes on the heels of being called out by coach Patrick Roy following a 4-3 loss to the Calgary Flames on Jan. 6.

"I think Jiggy should have played better tonight,” said Roy. “He hasn't played well in the last four or five games. He needs to be better, and we need him playing better. Period."

Defenseman Karl Stollery was also reassigned to the Monsters, as Tyson Barrie (shoulder) and Nick Holden (personal reasons) are both ready to return to the lineup. Stollery made his NHL debut Saturday against the Minnesota Wild, finishing the contest with two penalty minutes and a plus-one rating.

Forward David van der Gulik was also placed on injured reserve after suffering a head injury Friday night against the New York Islanders; his first since being recalled from Lake Erie.

The Avalanche will return to action Tuesday against the Chicago Blackhawks. Center Paul Stastny (injured in Saturday’s contest) will be revaluated Tuesday morning, but could play against the Blackhawks.

Advertisement

Today's top buzz...

  • Coachella
    Get ready for the second weekend of Coachella with this fun guide
    Camera
    Music News
  • St. Louis Rams
    The Rams are offering $100K to anyone who can guess their 2014 schedule correctly
    NFL News
  • X-Men
    The final 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' trailer is here, and it's marvelous
    Camera
    Hot Trailers
  • Russell Westbrook
    See the NBA playoff teams that might consider making a panic trade
    Video
    NBA Buzz
  • Paul Walker
    Paul Walker's brothers will stand in for him on the set of 'Fast and the Furious 7'
    Video
    Movies Buzz
  • Matt Moore
    Rays pitcher Matt Moore will be undergoing season-ending elbow surgery
    MLB Buzz

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!