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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 after winning 21 of his 39 games to go with a 2.95 GAA.

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. He posted a 1.39 GAA in 12 games in the 2002 playoffs as the Senators advanced to conference semifinals, and a 1.82 GAA in 2003 when the Sens advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time. He also played in the 2003 NHL All-Star Game.

Lalime also played for the Blues and Blackhawks, and in 444 regular-season games 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.