What a week. Manny and Eric bowed out, while pesky Sean started on the road back.
Here's the view from here:
Leaving a Legace
It was a sad day in St. Louis on Saturday, at least for 36-year-old goaltender Manny Legace as the supplanted starter cleared waivers and was assigned to Peoria of the American League.
Legace, a 10-year veteran who won a Stanley Cup as a backup with Detroit in 2002, makes a lot of those "NHL good guys" lists and is generally regarded as a class act. As of Saturday night, the news reports indicated he would report to the Rivermen, who are in need of a goalie after Chris Holt, 23, was called up to St. Louis to back up Chris Mason.
Legace, the Blues starter the past two seasons, takes an overall 177-92-36 record, 2.38 goals-against average and .912 save percentage with him to the minors. He was 13-9-2 with a 3.18 GAA and .885 save percentage with St. Louis in '08-09, and is in the final season of a contract that pays him $2.15 million.
Surely we haven't seen the last of Legace, who burst into prominence when he led Canada to gold at the 1993 World Junior Championship.
Eric Lindros decided to step down as ombudsman of the NHL Players' Association, leaving a void in the position that is supposed to serve as an oversight on union boss Paul Kelly. While the reasons aren't clear, Lindros reportedly wrote in a letter to the NHLPA's executive board that he and Kelly had "a fundamental problem" regarding player complaints (which were fielded by Lindros), and added that it wasn't a clash of personalities, but a basic disagreement on the matter of "transparency."
Great. Just what the NHLPA needs, another perception – true or not – that there are problems at the head office. Here's hoping Kelly comes out and clears the air on this one, and soon.
This week's question-and-(short)-answer:
Question: Should Sean Avery be allowed back into the NHL?
(Short) answer: Yes.
Sam McCaig, the editor of the The Ultimate Book of Hockey Lists, is The Hockey News' senior copy editor and a regular contributor to THN.com. His blog appears every weekend and his column, From The Point, appears regularly.
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