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Blues sign veteran Legace to solidify shaky goaltending

8/8/2006 - NHL Manny Legace St. Louis Blues + more

ST. LOUIS -- Manny Legace finally has found a new team.

Made expendable in Detroit, the veteran goaltender signed
Tuesday with the St. Louis Blues.

Terms were not disclosed.

Legace, 33, was the No. 1 goalie in Detroit last season, helping
the Red Wings capture the Presidents' Trophy. The seven-year
veteran enjoyed a career season, posting a 37-8-0 record with a
2.19 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage in 51
games.

But after Detroit was upset by eighth-seeded Edmonton in the
Western Conference quarterfinals, the team signed four-time
Vezina Trophy winner Dominik Hasek.

Legace should step into the No. 1 job with the Blues, who used
four goaltenders and had a league-low 57 points last season en
route to missing the playoffs for the first time since 1979.

"The Blues are thrilled to bring a veteran goaltender with a
career winning record to our team," St. Louis general manager
John Davidson said. "With the addition of Manny, we feel solid
with the depth we have in a goal."

Drafted eighth overall by Hartford in 1993, Legace owns a career
record of 114-43-18 with a 2.21 GAA and a .917 save percentage
in 197 career games. The Toronto native played his first season
with Los Angeles, then spent the next six campaigns with
Detroit.