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9/14/2006 7:44:04 PM

CHICAGO (Ticker) - Patrick Lalime's debut with the Chicago Blackhawks will have to wait a while.

Chicago on Thursday announced Lalime, who signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Blackhawks on July 1, will undergo back surgery Friday and is expected to be sidelined two to three months.

While preparing for training camp, which opened Thursday, Lalime experience back pain. The Blackhawks' medical staff tended to the veteran goaltender and determined surgery was necessary.

Lalime's absence leaves the backup job to Nikolai Khabibulin up for grabs. Sebastien Caron, who signed a one-year deal in August, and Brian Boucher, who is in camp as an invitee, figure to compete for the position.

A sixth-round pick of Pittsburgh in 1993, Lalime made an immediate impact upon his arrival to the NHL, setting a league record for the longest unbeaten streak by a rookie to start his career by going 14-0-2 with the Penguins in 1996-97.

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