Sabres backup goalie Patrick Lalime is set to retire, according to a report on the Canadian all-sports website RDS.
Lalime basically relinquished the backup job to Jhonas Enroth in the second half of last season, finishing the year 0-5-0 in seven appearances. Still, he was a key figure in the locker room, and had a close relationship with starter Ryan Miller.
Lalime, 37, played 444 games for five teams over 12 NHL seasons, posting a 200-174-48 record with a career 2.58 goals-against average and .905 save percentage.
"It's never easy to make the decision to move on," Lalime told the website. "I enjoyed each of my seasons and I feel privileged to be able to realize my dream of playing in the NHL."
Lalime will serve as an analyst for RDS, a French-language network. He will work 15 Ottawa Senators games, one of his former teams, and contribute to other shows.
"It's a challenge I look forward to meeting," he said. "I remain associated with the hockey world and I'm really pleased that RDS gives me the chance to share my knowledge with the fans."
Lalime spent three seasons in Buffalo, appearing in 47 games with the Sabres.
His expected departure won't change anything for the Sabres' plans regarding their backup goalie. Enroth is a restricted free agent and General Manager Darcy Regier said Tuesday the two sides are having productive talks and remain optimistic a new deal can be reached by the end of the week.
Among other items Regier touched on Tuesday:
- Winger Jason Pominville is healing well after surgery to repair a sliced tendon suffered when he was cut by a skate blade in the team's playoff series with Philadelphia. Pominville will be ready by training camp, Regier said.
- Coach Lindy Ruff is out of town this week, but is expected to continue interviews for a new assistant coach next week when he returns. Regier is also interviewing head coach candidates for AHL Rochester, and hopes to make a decision within two weeks.
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