Legace Won't Return to Wings

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland announced on Friday that the team would not offer a contract to goaltender Manny Legace before July 1, making him a free agent when that date comes.

Legace, Detroit's backup netminder from the 2000-2001 season and the starter for 2005-2006, will be able to sign with any team.

"We want to explore all of the options out there," Holland said. "Be it the free-agent market or through trades, we want to see what is available."

Legace followed up his first season in the starting role with a 2-4 record in the playoffs and a .884 save percentage. For the first time in his career, many fans and pundits called him out as a top reason for the Edmonton Oilers' upset of Detroit in the first round.

"I can't say I'm surprised, but I was hoping they would make an offer," Legace said. "I wanted to come back here. I love the city and the organization. But this is a business."

With the Wings looking for a new starting goaltender, Legace did not help his case to return to Detroit.

After being ousted from the playoffs, Legace was asked if he would consider returning to the backup role, replying, "No, not at all. I love playing. I don't want to be back on the bench again, so... I want to start again."

Chris Osgood, the former Detroit starter who returned to the Red Wings in a backup capacity this season, will likely reclaim that role next season. He is also an unrestricted free agent but has stated that he's willing to sign with the team in any role. He made $900,000 last season and did not earn a raise over that amount.

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After a disappointing first round exit for the #1 seed in the NHL will we see a new face in goal next year? Legace is not the only reson that we exited early, I think you can blame the whole team. However Manny did let in some bad goals. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/mad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":mad:" border="0" alt="mad.gif" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 5/7/2006 at 11:06 AM


It sounds like Holland wants to get a true #1 goalie. At the same time, he's said that he wants to keep both Manny and Ozzie, but that was before the playoffs. Manny's since said that he won't go back to being the backup. It seems to me like that makes it tough for Manny to come back.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/7/2006 at 12:21 PM



Posted by SYfanSD on 5/7/2006 at 5:12 PM


With Holland announcing that Legace will not be re-signed (which can always change - see Mathieu Schneider), I'm predicting that he ends up in Tampa Bay. Just a feeling.

Detroit's almost certain to go with Osgood as the backup now. The names bouncing around as starter are usually Belfour, Giguere, Nabokov and Biron (with Luongo thrown in 'cause he's in every goalie rumor right now). Holland won't give up what it will take to get Luongo so I'd go with the others in the following order: Nabokov, Biron, Giguere, Belfour.

Actually, I wouldn't even go with Belfour, I'd rather have Howard or Liv back up Osgood than take a chance with "The Eagle" and his bad back.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/10/2006 at 9:40 AM


I think the Wings should coax Hanlon out of retirement.

Or, before they go spending $ on a goaler they should bring their prospects up and see what they have....or use Osgood...He has won a cup same as Vernon did and he is a veteran.

I always say don't make an esay thing hard

How many rookie goalies kicked som ass this play-off year?

Posted by Gilbert on 6/12/2006 at 10:57 AM


I think Howard is a diamond in the rough. He deserves a shot, plus he is bigger and takes up more of the net. Look what he did at U Maine

Posted by SYfanSD on 6/12/2006 at 11:20 AM


Just about everyone who watched him this last year says that Howard needs another year in GR. However, some have said that Liv could make the jump (I really don't understand that but I've never seen him play). That said, I find it hard to believe that Holland won't go after a goalie.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 6/12/2006 at 3:51 PM


The Swedish elite league is one thing. I have heard good things, however like you I have not seen him play. I just want another cup for Stevie. Do you know if he has made a decision yet?

Posted by SYfanSD on 6/12/2006 at 7:55 PM


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