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#1 Weekes Head

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Posted 12 December 2005 - 01:58 PM

According to TSN.ca:

Blues waive goaltender Lalime
Associated Press
12/12/2005 1:48:09 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Blues waived goaltender Patrick Lalime on Monday, just two days after another shaky outing.

Lalime, 31, was expected to lend stability after years of revolving goalies for the Blues.

But he has struggled all season for the team with the NHL's worst record, going 3-11-4 with a 3.97 goals-against average - 40th among 42 goalies. His .866 save percentage is the lowest of any goalie with 15 or more games played.

Lalime was not at practice Monday and was unavailable for comment.

Curtis Sanford becomes the Blues' No. 1 goalie. He is 2-4 with a 3.35 goals-against average.

The team called up 23-year-old Jason Bacashihua from Peoria of the American Hockey League as a backup. Bacashihua was 9-4 with a 2.63 goals-against average for Peoria.

In the Blues' 5-4 overtime loss to the New York Rangers Saturday, coach Mike Kitchen called four of the goals soft. The Rangers scored in overtime when the puck bounced off the glass behind Lalime, hit him in the backside, and bounced into the net.

Lalime was benched for six games in November, with Sanford starting all six. Lalime's best showing of the season came on his Dec. 1 return, a 4-1 win over Columbus.

In his past three games, he allowed 13 goals on 73 shots.

The Blues traded a conditional fourth-round draft pick to acquire Lalime after the 2003-04 season from Ottawa.

Lalime was 25-23-7 in 57 games in 2003-04, with a goals-against average of 2.29. Before this season, his career goals-against average was 2.39.

He was an all-star in 2002-03.

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Posted 12 December 2005 - 02:57 PM

I liked lalime...he was always so mentally strong and had a great style...guess that mental game that use to be so great has faltered.
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Hahahaha...long overdue. Now they need to get rid of Jacobs.


The problem is, NJ only plays them 4 times a year. We were only able to get them to trade JT and fire the idiot GM. If we played them 8 times a year, maybe Jacobs might have an epiphany and sell the team.


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Posted 12 December 2005 - 02:59 PM

I always felt that Ott never took the next step becuase of Lalime...
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Posted 12 December 2005 - 03:30 PM

Wow !

and to be replaced by a small dog ! ;)
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Posted 12 December 2005 - 04:10 PM

I always felt ottawa got as far as they did because of him.
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Hahahaha...long overdue. Now they need to get rid of Jacobs.


The problem is, NJ only plays them 4 times a year. We were only able to get them to trade JT and fire the idiot GM. If we played them 8 times a year, maybe Jacobs might have an epiphany and sell the team.


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Posted 12 December 2005 - 04:15 PM

With the waiver situation it is almost impossible to trade a player with a salary that's even a touch too high.

The teams with poor records would be crazy to trade for a player they know they could get a free shot at when the team is forced to waive that player.
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Posted 12 December 2005 - 07:02 PM

The teams with poor records would be crazy to trade for a player they know they could get a free shot at when the team is forced to waive that player.

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Yeah, but if they swing a trade then they can wash some of the salary.
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Posted 12 December 2005 - 07:53 PM

Sucks for Lalime. He was good. He just lost his confidence. That's too bad.
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Posted 12 December 2005 - 08:05 PM

Why do i get the feeling that the blues management and owners are infact not a bunch of hockey loving people, but are infact a buch of smoking monkeys on rollerskates!
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Posted 12 December 2005 - 11:18 PM

thank goodness for teams like the blues...
compared to them the devils don't suck...they are a solid mediocre.
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