Manny Legace Sent to Minors. Potential Trade Happening Soon?

Nicky G GiammarcoContributor IFebruary 7, 2009

The St. Louis Blues have sent former All-Star goaltender, Manny Legace, to their AHL affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen, Saturday after he cleared waivers.

Legace, 35, played in 29 games this season with the Blues, posting a 13-9-2 record, 3.18 goals against average and a .885 save percentage.  He was 53-49-15 in parts of three seasons with the Blues and 177-92-18 career wise. 

Although, not phenomenal stats, the goalie has performed well in the past to potentially peak the interest of some teams looking to add a seasoned veteran goaltender at the trade deadline. 

Some teams might need the help, here's a quick list of who could be interested:

Edmonton Oilers:  Would it hurt to get a better backup for Dwayne Roloson than Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers, he of a 3.48 GAA and .893 SV percent?

Legace isn't a starter at this stage of his career anymore, but he can be useful in giving workhorse Roloson a night off in the tight and physical Northwest Division.

With pretty much every team in that division bouncing up and down in the standings on a daily basis, they could use someone with experience to help out.

If the Oilers are serious about the playoffs this year, they will need someone to balance a mediocre goal-tending situation out.

Colorado Avalanche:  Could anyone honestly see a former Red Wings goalie in an Avs jersey?

Probably not.

However, Peter Budaj and Andrew Raycroft have not given the Avs the tandem in net they had hoped for entering the season.  Budaj has been terribly inconsistent and Raycroft looked impressive going 9-1 before losing five straight.

They need some type of boost in net if they hope to make an impact in the West next season and stay in the playoff race this season.

Legace won’t solve all their problems, but he can be a stop-gap until they find a long term solution.

If they had anyone in the minors they would have called them up by now, so the Avs really have nowhere else but to go and could be desperate for next season.

Toronto Maple Leafs: A long shot as they have a solid young goaltender in Justin Pogge and they still have a decent tender in Vesa Toskala.

If they plan on unloading Toskala in a trade, Legace could be an option to fill in the backup/veteran role that Pogge could learn from.

Legace knows what it takes to win from his years in Detroit, which could prove beneficial for the young Leafs goaltender.

Ottawa Senators:  Same scenario as the Maple Leafs.

Out of the playoffs right now, but they have a rookie goaltender in Brian Elliot who is playing as good as one could ask on such a down team.

Alex Auld probably won't be in a Sens jersey much longer and Legace can provide veteran experience here for Elliot as well.

Philadelphia Flyers:  They should have no problem making the playoffs, but Marty Biron (2.89 GAA, .905 SV percent) and Antero Nittymaki (2.59 GAA, .917 SV percent) haven't been exceptionally strong this season.

Biron was a big reason why the Flyers went so far in the postseason last year and he will probably re-find that form by the playoffs, but a little consistency could be welcome to ensure they don't miss the playoffs.

Tampa Bay Lightning: Although, they are out of the playoff race, they have no goaltender or experienced goaltender right now.

Mike Smith is day-to-day and Olaf Kolzig was placed on IR to end his season.  That leaves Mike McKenna, drafted in 2002, to take over goal-tending duties.

He started his first career game on Wednesday and lost to the Penguins. Tampa would be unlikely, but they need the help.

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Other teams that could be interested:

New York Islanders: Injuries leave them in tough spot of finding a consistent back up for Rick DiPietro.

Los Angeles Kings: Same problem as Islanders, have had numerous injuries plague their goaltenders all year.

Manny Legace won't solve problems for any team needing a goaltender, but he is still a resourceful player and can provide a little boost to a team that needs a change of pace in the final 30+ games of the NHL season.