Goalie Lalime finds home in Buffalo

Veteran goaltender Patrick Lalime signed a two-year, $2-million US contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.

Veteran goaltender Patrick Lalime signed a two-year, $2-million US contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.

Lalime, who turns 34 next week, turned his career around over the past two years with Chicago. The St. Bonaventure, Que., native went 16-12-2 with the Blackhawks last season, but the club signed free agent Cristobal Huet to complement Nikolai Khabibulin.

Lalime has recorded 35 shutouts and a 2.53 goals-against average in 397 regular season games in a career that began in Pittsburgh. He achieved his greatest success with Ottawa between 1999 and 2004 but was let go by the Senators after a tough playoff loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The netminder signed with St. Louis but endured a horrendous campaign with the Blues in 2005-06 and then suffered a herniated disc, which halted his career.

Lalime replaces Jocelyn Thibault, who was ineffective as a backup behind Buffalo starter Ryan Miller. The Sabres are reportedly in talks on a new deal with Miller, who becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer.