BUFFALO (LGS) — The Buffalo Sabres can scratch "signing a backup goaltender" off their summer to-do list as the team signed veteran netminder Patrick Lalime to a two-year contract worth a reported $1.0 million per season.
The soon-to-be 34-year-old has spent nine seasons in the NHL posting a 191-148-43 record over 397 games with Pittsburgh, Ottawa, St. Louis and Chicago. In 41 career playoff games, all with Ottawa, Lalime went 21-20 record while sporting a very respectable 1.77 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage.
Lalime played in 32 games for Chicago last season, posting a 16-12-2 record, one shutout and a 2.82 goals against average. It was a redemptive season of sorts, as Lalime went 8-24-9 over the previous two seasons with St. Louis and the Blackhawks in just 43 total games.
Lalime told WGR-AM that the Sabres were looking for a backup who would play 15-20 games next season.