The Kingdom of Jaroslavia Becomes St. Louis
Halak get traded from the Habs to the Blues for two minor league forwards.
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Thursday, the Montreal Canadiens traded superstar goalie Jaroslav Halak to the St. Louis Blues for Lars Eller and Ian Schultz. Although Halak ranked ninth in the NHL in GAA at only 2.40, his 2009-10 campaign will stand out for leading the improbable run of the Habs into the Eastern Conference Finals. In the first round against the heavily favored Capitals, Halak was able to stop 131 out of 134 shots on goal from Ovechkin and co., leading the Habs to a stuning 3 games to 1 comeback. The second round was no different, when Halak shut out Sid the Kid to lead Montreal into another huge seven game upset.
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With Halak out of the picture, it’s hard to believe that Montreal will go with Carey Price in goal, who got pulled halfway through the year in favor of Halak. The hockey crazy Quebec-ers will put a world of pressure on Price, who has yet to convince the Canadiens that the price is right. The Canadiens have been the 8 seed the past two years, so they can ill afford to downgrade their team, especially such an essential part, if they want success in 2010-11.
It’s Price or bust at the Bell Center… I’m saying bust.
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From the other side of this, this trade makes perfect sense for the Blues, who were only 5 points away from winning the race for the eighth in the west. Blues president John Davidson recognizes what Pierre Bovin apparently missed, that Halak was ridiculous in the playoffs this year, and they’re are only a handful of teams that wouldn’t consider it an upgrade to get Halak inbetween the pipes. With Halak, the Blues will most likely improve on an awful 18-18-5 home record.
Thanks to USA Today for the information used in this article.
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