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Emmanuel "Manny" Fernández Legacé, (born February 4, 1973) is a Canadianmarker professional ice hockey goaltender who is currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League. Until November 8, 2009, he was on a professional try-out with the American Hockey League Chicago Wolves. He has also played in the National Hockey League for the Los Angeles Kings, Detroit Red Wings and the St. Louis Blues.

Playing career

Prior to being selected by the Whalers, Legacé played in the Ontario Hockey League with the Niagara Falls Thunder and in Roller Hockey International for the Toronto Planets. Legacé spent the 1993–1994 season as a member of the Canadian National Team and played in sixteen games.

From there, Legacé spent a lengthy apprenticeship in the minor leagues, largely for the American Hockey League's Springfield Falcons, between 1994–98. He was a star with Springfield, garnering First Team All-Star honors and the AHL's leading goaltender award in 1996.

He also played a brief stint for the ECHL's Richmond Renegades in 1996–97 and for the IHL's Las Vegas Thunder in 1997–98. On July 31, 1998, the Carolina Hurricanes traded Legacé to the Los Angeles Kings for a conditional draft pick in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

Although he spent most of the 1999 season with the IHL Long Beach Ice Dogs, Legacé got his first NHL start with the Kings. While he played well in limited action for Los Angeles, he signed with Detroit on July 15, 1999. However, since the Red Wings had both Chris Osgood and Ken Wregget as veteran goaltenders, Legacé was left unprotected on waivers. He was then claimed by the Vancouver Canucks on September 29, 1999. Yet almost two weeks later, on October 13, 1999, Legacé was reacquired by the Red Wings from the waiver wire when the Canucks in turn left him unprotected. While Legacé spent most of his time playing for the IHL's Manitoba Moose, he did get some action while playing for the Red Wings, posting a perfect 4–0–0 record.

Years in Detroit

In training camp the next season, Legacé beat out Wregget to establish himself as the backup goaltender to Chris Osgood. Osgood had a very slow start, and Legacé subsequently saw much action. Posting a 24–5–5 record in 39 games, Legacé looked to have assumed the starting role for the team. However, Osgood regained his stride and resumed starting duties in the playoffs.

With the 2001–02 season, Legacé became backup to Dominik Hašek when Osgood was waived and claimed by the New York Islanders. Legacé played in 20 games and only saw playoff action to relieve Hašek during a loss to the St. Louis Blues; the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup that season.

The next season, with the retirement of Hašek and the signing of star goaltender Curtis Joseph, Legacé saw his workload increase from 20 games to 25 games in the 2002–03 season, yet remained the team's backup.
Manny Legacé playing for the Detroit Red Wings.
At the start of the 2003–04 season, Hašek made the startling decision to come out of retirement and return to the Red Wings. Curtis Joseph was still being paid $8 million a year and, due to his hefty contract, was not looking to be traded or picked up by a team. While Legacé was initially going to be the 3rd goalie behind two elite goaltenders, the Red Wings opted to send Joseph to the minors while Legacé served as Hašek's backup. Hašek, however, was not properly conditioned for a return to the NHL. Minor injuries and inconsistent play from Hašek thrust Legacé into the starting role. Injuries to both Hašek and Legacé opened the door for the Red Wings to call up Joseph from the minors, along with Joey MacDonald to serve as his backup. When Legacé returned from injury, MacDonald was sent back to the minors while Legacé and Joseph ended up serving as Detroit's goaltending tandem for the remainder of the season, as Hašek opted not to return to the team from injury. An injury to Joseph late in the season found Legacé temporarily working with minor-league goaltender Marc Lamothe, but Lamothe was returned to the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins when Joseph returned to the roster.

The Red Wings faced the Nashville Predators in the opening round of the 2004 playoffs. While Legacé won the first two games, he did not perform up to team expectations and was pulled in the middle of the fourth game in favor of Joseph, who ended up backstopping for the remainder of the series. The Red Wings won the series but lost the next series against the Calgary Flames.

Legacé briefly played in Russia during the 2004–05 NHL lockout, but eventually sat the rest of the season out, preferring to be close to his family in the States. Legacé was the NHLPA Representative for the Detroit Red Wings until 2005, when the role was assumed by Nicklas Lidström. Legacé has since become a vocal critic of both the league and the players' union, especially in regard to how both sides handled the 2004–05 NHL lockout.

For the 2005–06 season, Chris Osgood was re-signed by the Red Wings to compete with Legacé for the starting job. However, due to Osgood's injuries and general lack of conditioning, Legacé was awarded the starting goaltender role for the Detroit Red Wings. By October 2005 with the Red Wings defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 5–2, Legacé set the record for the most wins by a goaltender in the month of October (10–1–0). Unfortunately, Legacé's regular season success didn't follow him into the postseason, as the 8th seeded Edmonton Oilers stunned hockey observers everywhere by eliminating Detroit in the opening round of the playoffs.

St. Louis Blues

Prior to Detroit's elimination from the 2006 playoffs, Legacé indicated to the media that if Detroit failed to win the opening round of the playoffs, he wouldn't be returning to the team. The Red Wings fell to the Edmonton Oilers in six games. On June 10, 2006, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland announced that Legacé would not be offered a contract, thus making him a free agent. Legacé signed a one-year contract with Wings' division-rivals, the St. Louis Blues on August 8, 2006. In his first season with the Blues Legacé played in 45 games, posting a 23–15–5 record. His season was cut short due to a mid-season concussion and season-ending knee surgery, but his play was solid enough to earn him a two-year contract extension with the Blues on February 24, 2007.

Legacé enjoyed success with St. Louis in the 2008 season, and was named to the 2008 NHL All-Star Game. Despite Legacé's numbers, the Blues failed to qualify for the playoffs for the third consecutive season. In the 2009 season, Legacé shared starting duties with Chris Mason to begin the season. After failing to repeat his previous season efforts the Blues placed Legacé on waivers on February 6, 2009. Legacé was then demoted to the team's AHL affiliate Peoria Rivermen for the remainder of the season and helped the Rivermen reach the playoffs.

Atlanta Thrashers

On September 1 2009, Legacé accepted a training camp invitation from the Atlanta Thrashers. He later signed a deal to try-out for the Thrashers. On September 28, Legacé was released by Atlanta. However, he was signed to a professional tryout by the Chicago Wolves, who are the Thrashers' AHL affiliate.

Carolina Hurricanes

On Novemeber 9, 2009, Legacé signed a one year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes. The two way deal will pay Legacé $500,000 to play in the NHL level and $105,000 to play at the AHL level. His first game with the Carolina Hurricanes was on November 11, 2009, against the Los Angeles Kings, where they fell 5-2 in Raleigh at the RBC Centermarker.

Awards

  • Member of the 2001–2002 Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings
  • 2008 All-Star game


Career statistics

Regular Season and Playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1990–91 Niagara Falls Thunder OHL 30 13 11 2 1515 107 0 4.24 4 1 1 119 10 0 5.04
1991–92 Niagara Falls Thunder OHL 43 21 16 3 2384 143 0 3.60 14 8 5 791 56 0 4.25
1992–93 Niagara Falls Thunder OHL 48 22 19 3 2630 171 0 3.90 4 0 4 240 18 0 4.50
1993–94 Canadian NT Intl 16 8 6 0 859 36 2 2.51
1994–95 Springfield Falcons AHL 39 12 17 6 2169 128 2 3.54 .887
1995–96 Springfield Falcons AHL 37 20 12 4 2196 83 5 2.27 .917 4 1 3 220 18 0 4.91
1996–97 Richmond Renegades ECHL 3 2 1 0 157 8 0 3.05 .869
1996–97 Springfield Falcons AHL 36 17 14 5 2119 107 1 3.03 .897 12 9 3 745 25 2 2.01 .931
1997–98 Springfield Falcons AHL 6 4 2 0 345 16 0 2.78 .889
1997–98 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 41 18 16 4 2106 111 1 3.16 .911 4 1 3 237 16 0 4.05 .887
1998–99 Los Angeles Kings NHL 17 2 9 2 898 39 0 2.60 .911
1998–99 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 33 22 8 1 1796 67 2 2.24 .912 6 4 2 338 9 0 1.60 .944
1999–00 Manitoba Moose IHL 42 17 18 5 2409 104 2 2.59 .913 2 0 2 141 7 0 2.97 .879
1999–00 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 4 0 0 239 11 0 2.75 .906
2000–01 Detroit Red Wings NHL 39 24 5 5 2136 73 2 2.05 .920
2001–02 Detroit Red Wings NHL 20 10 6 2 1117 45 1 2.42 .911 1 0 0 11 1 0 5.68 .500
2002–03 Detroit Red Wings NHL 25 14 5 4 1405 51 0 2.18 .925
2003–04 Detroit Red Wings NHL 41 23 10 5 2325 82 3 2.12 .920 4 2 2 220 8 0 2.18 .905
2004–05 Khimik Voskresensk RSL 2 0 1 0 89 10 0 6.73
2005–06 Detroit Red Wings NHL 51 37 8 0 2905 106 7 2.19 .915 6 2 4 408 18 0 2.65 .884
2005–06 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 1 1 0 0 60 2 0 2.00 .909
2006–07 St. Louis Blues NHL 45 23 15 5 2521 109 5 2.59 .907
2007–08 St. Louis Blues NHL 66 27 25 8 3665 147 5 2.41 .911
2008–09 St. Louis Blues NHL 29 13 9 2 1452 77 0 3.18 .885
2008–09 Peoria Rivermen AHL 23 14 7 1 1290 43 3 2.00 .935 7 3 4 429 18 0 2.52 .899
NHL totals 337 177 92 36 18668 740 23 2.38 .912 11 4 6 639 27 0 2.54 .888


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