Canucks: Manny Legace on the comeback trail
If Owen Nolan and Todd Fedoruk are in the mix, why not Manny Legace?
The Vancouver Canucks continue to add minor, veteran touches to their roster as they prepare to finish what they started last year and win the Stanley Cup in 2011-12.
Legace is the latest cagey vet to get a tryout with the team.
From the beginning of his career, Legace, generously listed at 5’10”, has defied the odds. He broke into the NHL in 1998-99 with the Los Angeles Kings before blossoming as a Detroit Red Wing. He won the Stanley Cup win the Wings in 2002.
His best season with Detroit – and as an NHLer – came in 2005-06, when he went an amazing 37-8-3 with a 2.19 goals against average, .915 save percentage and seven shutouts.
Legace played three seasons with St. Louis before last competing in the NHL with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2009-10. After taking a full year off, the 38-year-old hopes to make the Canucks as a third goalie.
In all honesty, this move shouldn’t impact the Canucks much this season.
At most, he could see a few games in backup duty, which is possible given Luongo’s propensity to get nicked up.