ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues goalie Manny Legace surprised the franchise’s front office Tuesday, saying he’ll probably need additional surgery on his right knee after the season.
Coach Andy Murray said Legace’s remarks after the morning skate prior to the Blues’ 5-4 shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers were the first he’s heard on the topic. Legace is on injured reserve after hurting the knee again and has missed four games, but anticipates being activated on Wednesday.
Murray said team doctors have discussed another operation as an option, but not as a certainty.
“To be honest with you guys, I have to say I heard that for the first time tonight,” Murray said. “I have no idea what Manny was talking about.
“It’s possible he could require some minor surgery, but I don’t know where Manny was coming from.”
Team president John Davidson also said Legace’s comments came as a surprise to him.
“I would think that at the end of the season, he’d re-evaluate the situation and see if he needs surgery or not,” Davidson said. “As far as I know, I don’t think there’s anything in stone.
“Manny said what he said. If he thinks at the end of the year he’ll need surgery, he’ll have surgery.”
The 34-year-old Legace missed the final 25 games last season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage damage and had another operation on the knee in the summer of 2006. He’s 11-6-1 with a 2.22 goals-against average.
Legace is wearing a knee brace to reduce wear and tear and believes he can make it through the season. He’s in the first year of a two-year, US$4.3 million contract.
“You bang it, you ice it, it goes down the next day and you’re perfectly fine,” Legace said. “It’s just getting the swelling out. This is the worst it’s going to be.”
He anticipates an operation to remove additional cartilage damage and a series of injections to cushion the knee also might be likely.
“The cartilage probably wore away to the bone,” Legace said. “If it wasn’t for these braces, I don’t think I could play.”