Patrick Lalime, 37, who spent the last three seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, will announce his retirement from pro hockey.
A veteran of 12 NHL seasons, Lalime posted 200 wins during his career, most of which was spent as the starting goalie for the Ottawa Senators. in 47 games as a Sabre, Lalime managed only 9 victories, and struggled mightily at times as Ryan Miller’s back-up. Last season may have been the straw that broke Patty’s back, as he was supplanted by promising rookie Jhonas Enroth as the Sabres’ back-up netminder.
While I was never a fan of Lalime’s goaltending, he was a consumate professional through and through, even in the face of losing his job to an unproven rookie part-way through the year. Ryan Miller will be the first one to credit Lalime for helping him become one of the elite players in the league, and everyone of his teammates will champion Lalime as a fantastic teammate and individual. At least on that end of it, Patty, you will be missed.
He will stay involved with the sport, as a color analyst for select Ottawa Senators games for RDS, a french-language network in Canada.