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by Paul on 09/10/10 at 08:33 AM ET
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Blues players said Thursday that while it was difficult to see Mason move on, having Halak helped ease the disappointment.
“At first, you don’t think about the guy coming … you think about the guy you’re losing and you feel bad for that,” Blues forward David Perron said. “We’ve got memories with what happened with (Mason). He was such a good guy and such a good goalie. (But) after that, you turn the page and you realize how good of a goalie we’ve got as well.”
Halak, who was drafted by Montreal in the ninth round (No. 271 overall) in 2003, has a record of 56-34-7 in 101 NHL games, along with a career goals-against average of 2.62 and a save-percentage of .919.
Before last year, though, Halak had only played in 56 games in three seasons. Then in December, he took the starting job away from Price and was brilliant in the postseason, posting the league’s fourth-best save-percentage (.924).
“I watched every single (Montreal) game in the playoffs,” Perron said. “He was just unbelievable. He would carry the team and it was unreal … non-stop saves.”
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