December 13, 2005
Unhappy St. Patty's dayLast-place Blues place struggling goaltender Lalime on waivers
By BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun
DENVER -- Patrick Lalime wasn't good enough for the Senators, and now he's not good enough for the last-place St. Louis Blues.
The Blues placed Lalime on waivers yesterday and are hoping somebody will pick up his $2.42-million US contract.
If no one puts in a claim, then Lalime will be asked to report to the club's AHL affiliate in Peoria, Ill.
Ironically, Columbus also waived former Senators goalie Martin Prusek, who was Lalime's backup in the nation's capital.
Lalime, 31, had a 3-11-4 record with a 3.97 goals-against average for the Blues, who sport the NHL's worst record.
The final straw came Saturday when the club dropped a 5-4 decision to the Rangers when Lalime let in what coach Mike Kitchen described as four soft goals.
"Some things happened here and I know I am partially to blame for some of those things. You know me, I'm not going to spit out everything and start blaming other people," Lalime told the Sun from St. Louis yesterday. "I'm going to just try to remain positive."
Curtis Sanford, who's 2-4 with a 3.35 goals-against average, becomes the Blues' No. 1 goalie.
Lalime said he hopes to gain his confidence back in Peoria and hopefully earn another chance in the NHL.
"I'm always a guy who has tried to look at the positive throughout my career," said Lalime.
"If they send me to Peoria, then I'll go down there and try to work my way back up again. I've been there before and I know what it takes."
THE INJURY WATCH: Senators centre Jason Spezza didn't skate yesterday and won't be on the ice today, either. He's not expected to play on Thursday against the Dallas Stars. Meanwhile, there's no longer a timetable for defenceman Wade Redden to return from a left knee injury. "I know (Wade) was really disappointed because he felt he tweaked it in Calgary," said Senators coach Bryan Murray. "I've just told Wade, and I know he was feeling a bit better (yesterday), to let me know when he's ready. It's his call and he's frustrated."