Adam Mair and Manny Legace, who last played with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL, as well as Garth Murray who played with the St. Johns Ice Caps, have announced their retirements from professional hockey.
During the 2007-2008 campaign, as apart of the St. Louis Blues, Legace was named to the Western Conference All-Stars. Despite Legace’s numbers, the Blues failed to qualify for the playoffs for the third consecutive season. In the 2009 season, Legace shared starting duties with Chris Mason to begin the season. After failing to repeat his previous season efforts the Blues placed Legace on waivers on February 6, 2009. Legace was then demoted to the team’s AHL affiliate Peoria Rivermen for the remainder of the season and helped the Rivermen reach the playoffs. Manny admitted later that he had some serious beef with Blues management. After not getting a chance in the NHL, Legace finished off his career with the Falcons, the AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets, for one last stint.
Mair was drafted 84th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.He set a personal high in games played and assists and tied a personal record in goals in 2003–04. His 2005–06 season was plagued by concussions. He missed a total of 31 regular season games due to concussion symptoms after a collision with Tyson Nash of the Phoenix Coyotes on January 12, 2006. He missed the remainder of the 2006 regular season and the first 2 rounds of the playoffs and did not appear for his first playoff game until game five of the third round versus the Carolina Hurricanes. Adam was named an alternate captain on February 4, 2008 under the Sabres 2007–08 rotating captains and alternate captains system. Mair was in a similar situation as Legace, with no NHL contract to boot, signing with the Falcons instead.
Murray played for the New York Rangers’ AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, and was briefly called up for a 20-game stint, where he scored one goal and recorded 24 PIMs. At the start of the 2005–2006 season, he was traded by the Rangers to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for left wing Marcel Hossa. He began the 2005–2006 regular season playing in the AHL for the Hamilton Bulldogs. He played 26 games, scoring a total of one goal and one assist while racking up 46 PIMs. His perseverance eventually convinced Habs GM Bob Gainey to call Murray up to fill in for injuries, and he would stay there for the rest of the season. He scored only five goals and six points in his 36 games as a Hab, along with 44 PIMs, but impressed the team and fans by his tireless work ethic and tough-as-nails style of play. Many fans believe his success caused Niklas Sundström to be removed from the Canadiens’ future plans, taking his spot on the fourth line alongside Steve Bégin and Radek Bonk. Murray began the 2006–2007 season on the Canadiens’ starting line-up but eventually lost his spot to the likes of Maxim Lapierre. On November 12, 2007, Murray was placed on waivers by the Canadiens and was claimed by the Florida Panthers. On July 18, 2008, Murray was signed to a one-year contract by the Phoenix Coyotes. He would spend most of his career in the minor leagues.
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