The recent stretch of red hot play by St. Louis Blues goaltender Chris Mason means that Manny Legace has become expendable as the Blues placed the former All-Star netminder on waivers Friday.
The 36-year old Legace has posted a 13-9-2 record in 29 games with the Blues this season, but has been getting fewer and fewer starts thanks to the emergence of Mason.
"It's extremely tough," Legace told the St. Louis Dispatch. "You play your heart out for a team, and the minute you hit a little bit of a rough patch, they dump on you. It was very hard to hear."
Since mid-January, Mason has been one of the top goaltenders in the league, sporting a 4-1-1 record with a .956 save percentage and a 1.29 goals against average. He has also picked up a pair of shutouts.
The 32-year old Mason told FSN that he attributes his recent string of play to the fact that he feels lighter after getting his eyebrows tweezed and nose hairs waxed on January 15th.
Meanwhile Legace is in the final year of his deal that sees him earn $2.5 million this season, the team would love to get that contract off their books. If he clears waivers the Blues could send him to the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL.
The Toronto-native was also involved in one of the strangest injuries of the season when he missed five games with a hip flexor injury after he tripped on a carpet laid out for Vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin during a pre-game ceremony.