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Lalime retires, joins RDS broadcast crew

Wednesday, 07.20.2011 / 12:37 PM / 2011 Offseason News

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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Lalime retires, joins RDS broadcast crew
Goaltender Patrick Lalime announced his retirement Wednesday after 12 NHL seasons and will join the broadcasting staff of French-language sports network RDS.

Lalime, 37, spent the last three seasons with the Buffalo Sabres serving as Ryan Miller's backup. He played in just seven games last season, in part due to a knee injury, going 0-5-0 with a 2.96 goals-against average and .890 save percentage.

Lalime made the NHL's All-Rookie team with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1997, when he won his first 16 games and posted a 2.95 GAA in 39 games.

His best seasons came with the Ottawa Senators, where he played 60 games three times in five seasons (1999-2004), and won 30 games twice.

His best season came in 2002-03, when he went 39-20-7 with a personal-best 2.16 GAA and eight shutouts, and played in the 2003 NHL All-Star Game. He posted a 1.82 GAA in the 2003 playoffs to help the Senators reach the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history.

"My best moment, and also my most disappointing, was losing the conference final in seven games in 2003 to the Devils," Lalime told RDS.com.

As good as his 2003 performance was, he had been better the year before in the postseason, when he had a 1.39 GAA in 12 games, including a record-tying three straight shutouts in the first round against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Lalime also played for the Blues and Blackhawks, and in 444 games he had 200 wins, a career 2.58 GAA, .905 save percentage and 35 shutouts. He had a 21-20 record in 41 playoff games, with a 1.77 GAA and .926 save percentage.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK
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