ST. LOUIS – Manny Legace, an all-star goaltender for the St. Louis Blues in 2007-08 who has struggled this season with spotty play and just plain bad luck, was waived on Friday.
The move gives other teams the opportunity to claim the goalie, who turned 36 this week. Otherwise, Blues president John Davidson told local media that Legace will be sent to Peoria of the American Hockey League. The Blues did not return phone messages from The Associated Press.
Legace took the news hard. He told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “You play your heart out for a team, and the minute you hit a little bit of a rough patch, they dump on you.
“It was very hard to hear.”
Legace is a 10-year veteran who was 27-25-8 with a 2.41 goals against average in 2007-08. He was a member of Detroit’s Stanley Cup champion team in 2001-02.
This season has been a struggle, and a bizarre injury didn’t help. He is 13-9-2 with a 3.18 goals-against average and an .885 save percentage. Chris Mason has taken over as the Blues’ top goalie.
Legace has started just one game since Jan. 19, in Detroit on Monday. He was pulled in the second period after giving up three goals on eight shots. The Blues eventually lost 4-3 in a shootout.
On Oct. 24, Legace slipped on a strip of carpet placed on the St. Louis ice for then-Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who was dropping the ceremonial first puck. The carpet slid as Legace stepped out on the way to the crease, causing a hip injury. He missed five games.
He was kneed in the head in the first period of a 4-2 loss at Anaheim on Dec. 10. He also suffered what the team described as a lower body injury during a game on Jan. 19 at Boston.
For his career, Legace is 177-92-18-18, with a 2.38 goals against average and a .912 save percentage.
The Blues recalled goalie Chris Holt from Peoria to serve as Mason’s backup. Holt was 7-5-1 with a 1.70 goals against average and .932 save percentage at Peoria.
Holt is a former New York Rangers prospect signed by the Blues as a free agent in October.