Manny Legace says he doesn't talk on game days. That's OK. Call it an old goaltender thing.
But Legace will be in goal again tonight for the Islanders, starting his second game since signing with the Canes on Monday. And Canes coach Paul Maurice said it's good to have a new face, a new personality in the locker room.
"I think it's important," Maurice said today. "Somebody comes in and focuses on their own game and doesn't feel responsible for what's happened here and carry that same weight.
"Different expectations. I think especially at that position, a guy who's excited about being in the net and not waiting for something bad to happen. ... He has so many good things that can happen to him on a good game -- change where he's at and change his future.
"He doesn't feel the burden of the hole that we're in."
The "hole" is last place in the NHL, four points behind the Maple Leafs. The Canes (2-12-3) have lost the last seven games in regulation after the 5-2 loss Wednesday to the LA Kings.
Maurice said mental side would be the important component tonight for the Canes against the Isles (6-6-6).
"We haven't had a lot of games where we played as poorly in the first as we did the other night, so it's all mental preparation," he said.