Patrick Lalime to retire, become analyst
Posted on: July 20, 2011 2:12 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2011 2:48 pm
By: Adam Gretz
If you're still searching for a backup goaltender on the free agent market, your list of options has taken a solid hit over the past two days. The latest name to be removed is Patrick Lalime. The veteran announced his retirement on Wednesday, and according to RDS in Canada, will become an analyst for the french-speaking station.
Lalime spent 12 seasons in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators, St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks and, most recently, the Buffalo Sabres, serving as a backup to Ryan Miller. He finished his career with exactly 200 wins and a .905 save percentage.
Originally a sixth-round draft pick by the Penguins in 1993, Lalime started his career with Pittsburgh during the 1996-97 season and set an NHL record with 16 consecutive starts to his career without losing a game (his record was 14-0-2). After that season, however, he was involved in a lengthy contract dispute with Pittsburgh and was ultimately traded to Anaheim for Sean Pronger in March of 1998. After never appearing in a game with the Ducks, he was later sent to Ottawa -- in exhange for Ted Donato and Antti-Jussi Niemi -- where he spent five seasons, collecting 146 wins, and helping the club advance to the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2002-03 season.
During the 2001-02 playoffs Lalime recorded four shutouts, including three in a row against the Philadelphia Flyers in the opening round.
Now that Lalime has retired, the only goaltenders of note that remain on the free agent market are Marty Turco and Ray Emery. Chris Osgood announced his retirement on Tuesday, while the Red Wings followed that up on Wednesday by signing Ty Conklin to serve as Jimmy Howard's backup.
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