By: Adam Gretz
Veteran goaltender Manny Legace is going to get an opportunity to return to the NHL during training camp, even if it seems liike a bit of a long shot.
Legace was invited to the Vancouver Canucks training camp on a tryout basis according to Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily, where the goaltender was quoted as saying that he was set on looking for a club in Europe to join before getting the call from the Canucks while he was on the golf course this week.
The 38-year-old Legace has spent parts of 11 years in the NHL with the Kings, Red Wings, Blues and Hurricanes, getting the win in 187 games and recording a .907 save percentage. He last played in the NHL during the 2009-10 season with Carolina, joining the team in November and appearing in 28 games.
After getting a tryout with the New York Islanders in training camp last year -- where he was released -- Legace played in Germany with the Iserlohn Roosters and finished the season with a 17-22-0 record and a .917 save percentage.
His chances of making the Canucks seem small at this point, even as a backup, as Vancouver already has Roberto Luongo cemented in as the starter, and Cory Schneider seemingly locked in as his backup. In his first full season in the NHL last season Schneider finished with a .929 save percentage, and was even called on to start a couple of playoff games when Luongo and the Canucks were struggling in the early rounds.
Unless there's a significant roster move involving one of the two goalies already on the NHL roster (and that doesn't seem likely at this point) there simply isn't an opening with Vancouver. His best chance might be to impress another team's scouting department and front office enough with his Vancouver tryout that another team looks into acquiring him if things don't work out with the Canucks.
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