39-Year-Old Goalie – Free Agent
Patrick Lalime Contract Information:
The Sabres re-signed Lalime to a one-year deal in July of 2010.
Lalime has retired and will become an analyst on Senators television broadcasts, RDS reported Wednesday.
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Lalime is the NHL version of the Maytag man. Lalime appeared in 16 games for the Sabres last season, and that was with starter Ryan Miller playing in the Olympics. Lalime will most likely only start on the front or back end of back-to-back games. He knows his role, and is the prototypical backup. Anything over 20 starts would be a surprise, unless Miller gets hurt.
With starting goaltender Ryan Miller most likely going to the Olympics this season, chances are Lalime will have a busy road ahead of him. At 35 years-old, Lalime shows little hope for improvement on his .900 save percentage and 3.10 goals against average from last year which could be devastating to a team that relies heavily on goaltending.
Lalime figures to start 14-to-17 games in relief of Ryan Miller this season. Lalime is a capable veteran backup; he went 16-12-2 with a 2.82 GAA and .897 save percentage in 2007-08 for Chicago.
Lalime was pegged as the backup goalie for the Hawks, but a back injury kept him out for the first few months of the season.
Playing for the Senators, Lalime put up some pretty impressive numbers (39 wins and a 2.16 goal against average in 2002-03, to name two) making some owners believe that Lalime is a top quality netminder. Don't be one of them. Ottawa, a Stanley Cup contender, gave him away for a song (a fourth-round pick) and remember he had one of the most talented defensive corps in front of him. With Zdeno Chara, Wade Redden and Chris Phillips, Ottawa could have taped a goal stick to the post and hung a glove from the crossbar and still not allowed more than three goals a game. A much better indicator of Lalime's skills are his less-than-impressive save percentages two of the last three years -- 0.905, 0.911 and 0.903. He will get a lot of starts, so expect some wins … but remember a poor goalie can cost your fantasy team the title. Don't give Lalime a chance to ruin your team's fortunes. He's a backup fantasy goalie at best.