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Legace's comments on injured knee surprise Blues' front office

12/12/2007 - NHL Manny Legace St. Louis Blues + more

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues goalie Manny Legace surprised
the franchise's front office Tuesday, saying he'll probably need
additional surgery on his right knee after the season.

Coach Andy Murray said Legace's remarks after the morning skate
prior to the Blues' 5-4 shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers were
the first he's heard on the topic. Legace is on injured reserve
after hurting the knee again and has missed four games, but
anticipates being activated on Wednesday.

Murray said team doctors have discussed another operation as an
option, but not as a certainty.

"To be honest with you guys, I have to say I heard that for the
first time tonight," Murray said. "I have no idea what Manny was
talking about.

"It's possible he could require some minor surgery, but I don't
know where Manny was coming from."

Team president John Davidson also said Legace's comments came as
a surprise to him.

"I would think that at the end of the season, he'd re-evaluate
the situation and see if he needs surgery or not," Davidson said.
"As far as I know, I don't think there's anything in stone.

"Manny said what he said. If he thinks at the end of the year
he'll need surgery, he'll have surgery."

The 34-year-old Legace missed the final 25 games last season
after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage damage
and had another operation on the knee in the summer of 2006. He's
11-6-1 with a 2.22 goals-against average.

Legace is wearing a knee brace to reduce wear and tear and
believes he can make it through the season. He's in the first year
of a two-year, $4.3 million contract.

"You bang it, you ice it, it goes down the next day and you're
perfectly fine," Legace said. "It's just getting the swelling
out. This is the worst it's going to be."

He anticipates an operation to remove additional cartilage
damage and a series of injections to cushion the knee also might be
likely.

"The cartilage probably wore away to the bone," Legace said.
"If it wasn't for these braces, I don't think I could play."