No love for Legace
Given how money's been flung around willy-nilly this offseason, I can't fathom how a goalie who "is 114-43-18 in 197 career regular-season games with a 2.21 GAA and .917 save percentage" can't find somewhere to play.
$11-million over three years for Martin Gerber. $6-million over three years for Andrew Raycroft. And, as a friend of mine just noted over my shoulder, even $700,000 for Patrick Lalime.
The thing is, this isn't the first time Manny Legace has been passed over in his career. A tiny, tiny netminder at about 5 foot 9, 160 pounds, he was once — very briefly — in the Vancouver Canucks organization, and given the sorry state of the organization's stable at the position at the time (or, well, all of the time), there were some calls to give the little guy a shot in the crease.
It didn't happen, and the Toronto native was shoved back into the waiver pool, the Detroit Red Wings reclaimed him for free, and a nasty trio of Kevin Weekes, Garth Snow and Felix Potvin stunk up the Canucks crease.
Needless to say, Legace would have been a better option, and I think that's the case for many of the teams that passed up on him so far. Wherever he ends up, be it Florida or St. Louis, my guess is he rises to the occasion once again.
At 33, however, he's running out of years that he can be passed over before opportunities run out.