Patrick Lalime (November 2, 2010 - Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)
I really feel for Patrick Lalime….don’t know how he can be happy at all. I also don’t know how he could have a positive attitude right now. He’s been around for 12 seasons and outside of being the starter in Ottawa he’s been a backup. He’s only played in 7 games this season and lost 5 games…he has not played in a game since the end of January and his last start was at the end of November.
Lalime has basically been a place-holder since that November game…when Ryan Miller needed a day off; Buffalo felt more comfortable calling up and starting Jhonas Enroth from Portland in the AHL. And to add to not playing, Lalime has hurt his knee and has been day-to-day for the past month or so. If I was Lalime, I would be pissed having played 12 seasons in the NHL and then management ends up having more confidence in some 21 year old kid. I think, even if Lalime did happen to make this horrible play in his last start in November, he dose deserve another chance to start a game…he will dress as the backup for the next few games until Miller is healthy…even with back to back games this weekend Lalime probably won’t see the ice. I doubt he will be in the NHL next year or possibly playing at all….