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by Paul on 04/19/11 at 12:24 PM ET
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
When an NHL season wraps up, the head coach meets with individual players to discuss their performance over the last seven months. In those “exit” interviews, the way a player believes he performed, and the way a coach saw it, can be two contrasting opinions.
Blues coach Davis Payne is glad it wasn’t that way with goaltender Jaroslav Halak.
“I had a great conversation with Jaro about his year, how he felt it went, where are the areas of concern that we would have … and they matched up,” Payne said.
In his first full season as a No. 1 NHL goaltender, and with a new team in a new conference, Halak went 27-21-7 with a 2.48 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. Payne and Halak agreed that while those numbers weren’t disappointing, they could improve next season by better handling the mental grind of being the starter and by understanding the difference in the style of play in the Western Conference.
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