Former Vezina Trophy winner Jim Carey's hopes of staying in the NHL were dashed again when the St. Louis Blues sent him to the minors on Saturday.
Carey, who signed a two-year deal with the Blues on March 1 just one day after agreeing to a buyout with the Boston Bruins, was assigned to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the International Hockey League.
He appeared in four games with the Blues, posting a 1-2-0 record and a 3.86 goals against average.
Carey, 24, won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie in the 1995-96 season with the Washington Capitals. He played in 71 games that season, with a 35-24-9 record and 2.26 goals against average.
Carey was traded to Boston during the 1996-97 season, struggled and lost his job to Byron Dafoe before being sent to the minors.
Carey played 30 games this season with Providence of the American Hockey League, where he posted a 17-8-3 record and 2.34 goals against average.
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