Carolina calls on Wolves’ Legace

The Carolina Hurricanes, parent club of the AHL’s Albany River Rats, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Manny Legace on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Legace $500,000 on the NHL level and $105,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level.

Legace had been playing on a tryout contract with the Chicago Wolves, where he was 2-2-1 with a 3.21 goals-against average and an .898 save percentage in six appearances this season.

A former AHL All-Star (1996), Legace has a career NHL record of 177-92-36, with a GAA of 2.38, a save percentage of .912 and 23 shutouts in 337 games played with Los Angeles, Detroit and St. Louis. The Toronto native is 4-6 with a 2.54 goals-against average in 11 career Stanley Cup playoff games, and served as the backup goaltender during Detroit’s run to the 2002 Stanley Cup championship.

Legace’s best NHL season came in 2005-06, with Detroit, when he posted a record of 37-8-0, ranking third in the NHL in goals-against average (2.19), fifth in wins (37) and tied for second in shutouts (7).

He spent each of the past three seasons with St. Louis, and was 13-9-2 with a 3.18 goals-against average in 2008-09.

Legace will take the ice at practice today with the Hurricanes.