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Adam Oates And Jaroslav Halak Are Not On The Same Page

from Stephen Whyno of the CP at the Winnipeg Free Press,

The agent for Jaroslav Halak released a statement Wednesday saying his client never told Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates that he did not want to start against the St. Louis Blues, his former team.

Oates told reporters in St. Louis on Tuesday that Halak "wasn't 100 per cent comfortable" starting against the Blues, who sent him to the Buffalo Sabres in the Feb. 28 trade that got them Ryan Miller. Halak was then traded before the deadline to the Capitals.

"Jaro never at any time said he didn't want to start against St. Louis," agent Allan Walsh said in a statement sent to The Canadian Press. "A private conversation between a player and coach should stay private and not be discussed with the media.

"I am bewildered that a coach would break that trust especially when those comments the coach publicly attributed to Jaro are not accurate. It's the coach who makes the decision on who plays in the games, not the players."

Halak told reporters from the Washington Post and NHL.com after the Capitals' morning skate at Scottrade Center that the incident is still too "fresh."

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Jaroslav Halak Has “Mixed Emotions” On Returning To St. Louis

Yesterday at Capitals Insider, they had this on Halak..

Halak couldn’t hide the trade that sent him from the Blues to last-place Buffalo on Feb. 28 for Ryan Miller  — six days later, the Sabres then traded Halak again to Washington — has not yet been forgotten. He admitted Monday to having “mixed emotions” about the first encounter with his former teammates.

“It’s still fresh. I play there for four years. I know these guys,” Halak said. “We’ll see whether I play or not, but obviously I’m looking forward to go back there.”

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Halak To Washington

Sportsnet reporting Halak to Washington. No return yet.

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Nolan, Halak And Stewart After Buffalo’s Practice Today

from John Vogl of Sabres Edge,

Halak and Stewart, acquired from St. Louis on Friday in the deal that sent Ryan Miller and Steve Ott to the Blues, practiced with the Sabres for the first time today. It's entirely possible it was the only practice they'll ever have in First Niagara Center. Ottawa is highly interested in acquiring Stewart before Wednesday's trade deadline, while the Star-Tribune in Minnesota reports the Wild are hot for Halak.

"I’m happy to be here right now, and we’ll see what’s going to happen a few days from now if I’m still here," Halak said. "Anything can happen from now on. We’ve got three more days before the trade deadline, and we’ll see."

Halak, a pending unrestricted free agent, is 24-9-4 with a 2.23 goals-against average and .917 save percentage. Minnesota likely isn't the only club that would be interested in the goaltender....

"You hear about all the rumors," Stewart said. "As long as I’m here, I’m going to focus 100 percent of my energy on winning hockey games for the Buffalo Sabres."

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Ted Nolan spoke after practice today, you can wath the video below...

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Halak To Buffalo

 

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Video- Bad Goal Of The Night

Eric Gelinas of the Devils scores from center ice on Jaroslav Halak of the Blues.

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Is Halak The Answer In St. Louis?

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Overall, Halak is 10-2-3, but he now owns a 2.48 GAA, which ranks 23rd in the NHL, and a .900 save percentage, which is 34th in the league.

The drop-off could have the Blues dealing with an array of thoughts as they prepare for a road matchup with the Buffalo Sabres at 6 tonight at the First Niagara Center.

Have the past three games, which includes a 7-3 win over Colorado, been a hiccup for Halak, or should there be reason to worry about relying on him as the starter on a club with Stanley Cup aspirations?

It all adds up to fascinating intrigue heading into tonight, when Halak goes up against the goalie who was speculated last summer to be his potential successor, Buffalo’s Ryan Miller.

The Sabres sit last in the NHL standings with a record of 5-16-1, but remarkably Miller has a .919 save percentage, good for 28th in the league.

Miller, 33, is in the final year of a five-year, $31.3 million contract with Buffalo, which may be inclined to move the netminder, who will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Blues are believed to be one of the teams that inquired about Miller last offseason, but it appears that that ship has sailed.

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Halak’s Been A Body Of Work Early This Season

from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,

"Jaro didn't play (last year) because he got hurt," St. Louis Blues coach Hitchcock said of Halak, who played in only 16 games last season because of groin injuries and was 6-5-1. "If he doesn't get hurt he's playing. They both (Halak and Brian Elliott) had sketchy starts to the year and then Jake (Allen) came in and settled it down."

Hitchcock isn't alone in feeling the lockout last season took its toll on many of the league's goaltenders.

"I'm willing to throw out last year like a lot of coaches have to," he said. "There's a dozen teams that needed to throw out last year. In fairness for Jaro we needed to start from scratch again, but he had to do his part, too."

Halak spent the summer in St. Louis, working with the team's training staff and a personal trainer. He bettered his diet, crushed the conditioning program and as a result looks as sharp as he has in years.

"He had to come in better shape so that he didn't put that injury back in play again -- and that's exactly what the doctor told him when he went for the evaluation," Hitchcock said.

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Halak Worked Hard To Strengthen Groin Area

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

After two stints on the shelf with a groin injury last season, Halak visited a specialist in Philadelphia after the Blues bowed out in the first round of the playoffs. The verdict was that surgery was not needed, but the goalie was told that he would lessen the risk of re-injuring his groin if he significantly improved his lower-body strength.

The last three months have been a regimented schedule of weight training and cardio activity aimed at bolstering his legs and quads. In the meantime, Halak dropped his body-fat percentage and appears to be in the best shape since arriving in St. Louis in 2010.

Friday was Halak’s fifth day on the ice taking shots and afterward he said, “Everything feels good. I needed some time to heal it properly. Right now, I have no issues and hopefully it’s going to be this way.”

Players report to training camp Sept. 11 — in 24 days — and Blues coach Ken Hitchcock expects that it will be “all systems go” with Halak.

“I’ve run into him four or five times during the summer,” Hitchcock said. “He’s excited, he’s feeling healthy. Part of it was conditioning, but another part was strengthening that area.

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Hitchcock And Halak Disagreement Surfaces

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock and goaltender Jaroslav Halak had a heated disagreement outside the club’s locker room the morning of Game 4 in Los Angeles, multiple sources have confirmed to the Post-Dispatch.

The argument was triggered by Halak being late for the Blues’ team meeting before their game-day practice and it escalated when the goaltender vented about his ice time this season, particularly after returning from a groin injury at the end of the regular season.

“These are internal discussions between a player and coach,” Hitchcock said when asked about the incident on Saturday, one day after the Kings eliminated the Blues in the Western Conference quarterfinals.

Halak was unavailable for comment and his agent, Allan Walsh, declined comment.

Halak did not play in the Blues’ final 14 games of the regular season and didn’t make an appearance in the playoffs. Hitchcock said before the series began that Brian Elliott was “the guy we’re going to go with.”

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Video- Halak Injury

Reports are he is going to miss some time, Jake Allen will be recalled.

 

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Video- Halak With The Sliding Save


The play was close to the Hasek/Gaborik collison which you can watch below...

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Halak To The Rescue?

from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues are sinking in the Western Conference standings. After facing the Kings to finish a bleak four-game home stand, the Blues will be on the road for four of the next five games. Only 10 of their next 28 games will be played at Scottrade Center.

This is a critical time.

Starting tonight, the Blues desperately need Halak to emerge as a true No. 1 goaltender. He must stop the hemorrhaging, close a gaping wound and begin the process of saving his team’s season.

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Halak Should Be Cleared For Activity Soon

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Three months after Halak left the ice in Game 2 of the Blues’ series against San Jose, he is still not 100 percent recovered from teammate Barret Jackman inadvertently barreling into him in the crease.

The Blues referred to it only as a lower-body injury during the playoffs and ruled Halak out two games at a time to avoid distraction. But following the club’s second-round loss to Los Angeles, team officials acknowledged that Halak had suffered a high-ankle sprain on his left leg.

The injury, which has a history of lingering on with professional athletes, is defined as a “disruption of thick connective tissue between the tibia and fibula above the ankle joint.”

In June, the Blues listed “early July” as the target for Halak to be cleared for activity, but now Saturday is the date that has been set for him to be cleared for activity.

“He’s still experiencing a little bit of ... I don’t want to say pain, but a little discomfort when he does some movement,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said.

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If you need a refresher on how the injury occurred, you can watch it below…

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Video- Barret Jackman Collides With Jaroslav Halak

The Blues have

NHL announced Halak will not return.

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Evening Line

“You know, when you’re on a good run, you don’t think about many things, you just go out and play and try to have fun and help the guys get the points and win the games.  That’s all you can do as a goalie.

“Right now, we are in the playoffs. Not everybody makes it. We are one of the fortunate ones that can play for the Cup. It’s a great feeling right now. We’ve just got to stay with [our] feet on the ground.”

-Jaroslav Halak, goaltender for the St. Louis Blues.  More on Halak from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.

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Video- How Good Was Halak Last Night?

Some saves from yesterday’s game against Columbus, including a couple of 2-on-0 rushes.

In his last ten starts, Jaroslav Halak has not allowed more than 2 goals.

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Video- Halak With A Beauty

Jaroslav Halak with a different kind of leg save in the shootout, which the Blues won.

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Video- Hot Halak

Jaroslav Halak with another shutout, which I believe makes 4 in his last 7 starts, but don’t quote me on that.

Some of the beauties from last night. many which included and active left pad.

 

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Halak Continues To Work Hard In Practice

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Halak, who is 1-4 with a 3.47 goals-against average and an .835 save-percentage, hasn’t said much about his dissappointing start this season, but opened up a bit today after the Blues’ morning practice at Rogers Arena.

“Obviously, it’s not the start that I was hoping for, but here we are,” Halak said. “I’ve played five games and I’m 1-4. Obviously I need to work on my game. But it’s a long season. It’s only October. We’ve got so many games coming up. You just need to stay positive and work hard in practice.

“It’s always better to have a slow start than a slow finish. It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. We played 82 games. Good thing we don’t play 10 games a season.”

Asked if he could pinpoint his own troubles, Halak said: “If I knew the answer, I would be 4-1, not 1-4, so we’ll see. Like I said, just stay positive, work hard in practice and try to have fun out there. I’m not panicking. We need two goalies and it’s always good when you have two goalies that can play.”

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Halak Trying To Feel At Home In St. Louis

from David Kalan of NHL.com,

Ask Jaroslav Halak if he’s sampled any of the local cuisine St. Louis is noted for—like toasted ravioli and barbecue ribs—and he quickly says no.

“I haven’t eaten those,” Halak told NHL.com. “Actually, my girlfriend, she’s a great cook, so she’s cooking, always cooking something, and she’s trying to prepare some Slovak meals all the time and trying to make it feel like home.”

Though some might argue Halak is missing out on some of the city’s finer things, whatever makes him comfortable enough to feel like home only can be good for the Blues.

Halak never had been in a stable, starting role at the NHL level, having spent most of his early career shuttling between Montreal and the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. However, that changed last summer when the Canadiens dealt the 26-year-old to the Blues. St. Louis quickly signed him to a four-year contract and installed him as the undisputed starter.

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A More Fit Halak

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Preparing for a more consistent campaign in 2011-12, Halak has addressed concerns the Blues had about his fitness with a productive summer of training that included drenching bike rides through the hills of his native Bratislava, Slovokia. But whether he’s better equipped to handle the ups and downs of an 82-game season, not even he knows that answer.

“I don’t think you can do anything to prepare yourself mentally,” Halak, 26, said. “The big thing is I went through it already, so now I know what to expect. It’s a big challenge, but I’m really looking forward to it.”

In a season when a trip to the playoffs is a must for an organization that’s been advertising its arrival for several years, Halak’s stability may be the leading factor whether the Blues meet those expectations.

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Blues Like Halak, Could Ask For Better Numbers

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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Bad Timing For Halak Injury

from Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Upon re-evaluating Jaroslav Halak, the team placed their No. 1 netminder on seven-day injured reserve, retroactive to Monday’s 3-2 victory over Vancouver.

Halak injured his right hand — or blocker hand — during practice on Wednesday, skating off early. Team officials would not say if the problem is a recurrence of the earlier injury that caused Halak to miss 13 days….

The Halak development adds difficulty to an already demanding situation. Hoping to climb back into plausible playoff position, the Blues have six games in the next eight nights and seven in the next 10. Suffice to say the Blues should have a sharper image of where they stand when this sequence is over.

At the same time, the NHL trade deadline (Feb. 28) coincides directly with the conclusion of the busy stretch and general manager Doug Armstrong might have a more definitive idea on his approach to personnel moves. Pending the outcome of these next few days, the roster could look quite different.

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Halak Listed As Day-To-Day

via Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Jaroslav Halak will not play tonight against the Edmonton Oilers.

The Blues have confirmed that Halak has an upper-body injury and they are listing him as day to day. It’s unknown at this point what the injury is, or when it happened. There are unconfirmed rumors that it’s hand-related.

Halak was on the ice for today’s morning skate. On a typical day, the starting goalie for that night’s game comes off the ice first, and the backup stays out until the end of practice. Today, Ty Conklin came off first and Halak quickly followed just a couple of minutes later.

Halak has practiced with the Blues every day since the team returned from the All-Star break. At the end of Thursday’s practice, the team went through extra drills and an additional non-NHL goalie was brought on the ice. At the time, that goalie was believed to be an extra body, as to not wear out the Blues’ netminders. But now it appears the Blues could have been nursing Halak’s injury.

 

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Video- Halak With The Save Of The Night

Jaroslav Halak first with the pad, then the toe of his skate to keep the game tied late in the 3rd period.

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How Will Halak Fight Back?

via Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

So now we’ll see what Jaroslav Halak is made of.

His remarkable start is just a memory now, obscured by a flurry of goals allowed. The Blues goaltender went from unbeatable to hapless is a flash. He allowed 19 goals on 95 shots in his last four starts.

Such is the life of a NHL goaltender. Stuff happens. It’s the nature of the business.

But how will Halak deal with the dramatic downturn?

Will he battle on and clean up his game this weekend at Scottrade Center?

Blues fans will learn a lot more about him during the next few weeks.

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Video- Halak With His Own Goal

Drew Miller gets credit for the goal.

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 11/06/10 (And a Look Ahead to Southeast Games Tonight)

Gotta play catch-up again first, as yesterday’s minor league update took longer than expected and robbed from some of my otherwise-set-aside-for-writing time. Alas, it’s Saturday morning’s edition of JJ’s Three Cheers.

From Thursday’s games first:

***Cheers to Ottawa’s Jason Spezza, who put up a goal and four points in total, factoring in on all of his club’s offense as the Senators downed the New York Islanders 4-1. Losers of six straight (and outscored 20-5 in their last five contests), consider that quality start to the season officially neutralized and then some for the Isles.

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Trying To Score On Thomas & Halak

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

What’s the toughest thing to do in the NHL right now? Is it getting a puck past Tim Thomas? Or it could be turning on the red light behind Jaroslav Halak?

Who’s better? That could be answered (at least for now) Saturday in Boston, where the two could be at opposite ends of the ice when Halak and the Blues come to TD Garden for a game against Thomas and the Bruins.

It’s hard to argue with the performance of either goaltender so far

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Halak Doing Just Fine In St. Louis

from Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

His teammates have made the humble Halak feel at ease. And, oh, by the way, he has introduced himself by leading the club to a 5-1-2 start, shaking hands with consecutive shutouts over the last two games. You can call him “Jaro,” or you can call him “Zero,” just keep calling him.

“It’s been a combination of things, but Jaro’s been playing amazing,” forward Alex Steen said. “He’s been making key stops at big times. When we have a breakdown, he makes the save. He’s so sound, he doesn’t get stressed about it.

“There’s going to be shifts where you get on a carousel, where one bad thing after another happens. But he always has the same mentality back there. He’s just incredibly sound.”

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/29/10

This morning’s salute to the top three stars from last night’s NHL contests:

***Cheers to Jaroslav Halak of the St. Louis Blues, who stopped 24 shots in Nashville to top the Predators, handing the home club their first regulation loss of the season. This was Halak’s second consecutive shutout, after blanking Pittsburgh on Saturday and the former Montreal Canadien now boasts a scoreless streak of 151:15 dating back to a second period goal by Chicago’s Brent Seabrook last Friday. So far this year, Halak is certainly proving that last season’s playoff success was no fluke, with a 1.55 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage.

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/25/10 (Catching Up on the Weekend Edition!)

We’ve got some catching up to do as I intentionally stayed off the radar this weekend. (For the first time since the arrival of our second son, we had no visitors! Bliss!) Quick cheers for Friday and Saturday night’s action and then onto toasts and a few highlights from yesterday’s games:

Friday’s Three Cheers:
***Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa: Hat trick, 1,000th career point in 4-2 Senators’ win in Buffalo.
**Rene Bourque, Calgary: Hat trick, assist in 6-2 Flames’ win in Columbus.
*Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay: Hat trick, assist in 5-2 Lightning win in Atlanta.

Saturday’s Three Cheers:
***John Tavares, NYIslanders: First career hat trick in 4-3 loss at Florida.
**Jaroslav Halak, St. Louis: 31 saves in 1-0, overtime blanking of visiting Pittsburgh.
*Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit: Two goals, four points in a 5-4 squeaker over Anaheim at the Joe.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Lightning at Canadiens, 10/13/10

Death, taxes and JJ’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The alternative to the standard game recap became a staple of my Tampa Bay Lightning coverage last season and it was only a matter of time before it made its season debut here.

Sure, the title of the regular feature has now been copied by a second-rate Bolts blog as of this morning but the content can’t hold a candle to the original and, hell, you’re here with me and they’re, well… They’re sleeping, I’m sure, on Pacific Time and what not… (Lightning coverage from California? Now that’s insight!)

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Don’t Judge Price Just Yet

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

Jaroslav Halak left Montreal as one of the most beloved athletes to play for the Canadiens. Even after the goalie was traded to the Blues this summer, fans in Montreal have continued to support him.

Part of the public frustration in Montreal already being shown to Canadiens goalie Carey Price is the inevitable comparison to Halak. Price was booed in his first action of the exhibition season when he allowed four goals on nine shots on Wednesday.

Halak thinks it’s way too early for any judgment of Carey Price in Montreal.

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Caps are Still the Caps, Which is Bad News for Everyone Else

Of all five Southeast Division clubs, the Washington Capitals of 2010-11 will look the most like themselves from a year ago, having added only a spattering of depth to the lineup that captured the President’s Trophy last season. Alas, as the reigning division champ and still the clear-cut class of the division, if it ain’t broke, well, you know… But a first-round playoff exit thanks to Jaroslav Halak and the Montreal Canadiens left an awful taste in the mouths of Bruce Boudreau’s squad, meaning improvements are in order this year for sure. (Or else?)

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Halak Arrives In St. Louis

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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Morning Line

“I don’t know why you had to trade him eight days before the NHL entry draft. I wasn’t shocked he was traded, what shocked me was he was traded eight days before the entry draft, before everybody could get hot and heavy, having his name filtered out there. There were no rumours at all ... I mean there was nothing. There was never even an attempt to create a marketplace for him.

“If the Canadiens think that was the best deal they could have got for Jaroslav Halak, I would beg to differ, and I would argue that with them because I know of some teams that were absolutely shocked that he was traded and they didn’t even get a call.”

-Pierre MdGuire.  More on this topic from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette.

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Halak Signs With Blues

via Nick Kypreos tweet,

Blues Doug Armstrong wastes no time getting ex- Canadian playoff hero Jaro Halak signed, sealed delivered. Done 4 yrs 15M. 3.75M cap/hit

added 1:44pm,

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed goaltender Jaroslav Halak to a four-year contract.

“Jaroslav will be a big help for our organization moving forward,” said Armstrong.  “He has made a great commitment to the Blues as he enters the prime of his career.”

“I’ve been looking forward to playing in St. Louis ever since the trade was announced,” said Halak.  “I believe in my abilities and hope to do some good things for the Blues.”

 

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What Was Gauthier Thinking?

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

How do you erase the Canadiens’ stunning postseason victories over the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins? Easy.

What you do, if you’re Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier, is trade the guy who got them there in what for now must stand as the mother-of-all brain-dead decisions in recent memory.

What was this guy thinking of ?

Where was Gauthier on those nights when Jaroslav Halak was winning regular-season and playoff games with more than 40 shots to handle? Downtown Minsk? Where was Gauthier on the night Halak wasn’t beaten until Washington’s 52nd shot in another astonishing winning performance?

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Have The Blues Found Their “Money” Goaltender?

from Bernie Miklasz of theSt. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Yes, the Blues really do have a new general manager taking office on July 1. As if to announce that to the hockey world, Doug Armstrong pulled off the first blockbuster of the NHL’s offseason, trading former Blues No. 1 draft choice Lars Eller and another prospect to Montreal for goaltender Jaroslav Halak.

Armstrong hasn’t officially taken over ... but he’s definitely taken over. As first moves go, this one got the Blue Note bouncing.

The Blues have been looking in rinks in North America, around the globe and all but scanning the services-offered section on Craig’s List in a frustrating search for a money goaltender since ... well, take your pick. You could say Curtis Joseph, or Mike Luit, or go into the way-back machine to cite Glenn Hall. Mike Keenan would nominate Grant Fuhr.

The Blues think they’ve found their man in Halak, 25.

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Candiens Made A Tough Decision

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Sure there’s going to be extra angst in Montreal today. That’s extra, because when it comes to the Montreal Canadiens, the most successful team in the history of hockey, angst is a daily reality no matter the circumstances.

But the trading of goalie Jaroslav Halak today to St. Louis for prospects Lars Eller and Ian Schultz is sure to cause dismay among those who saw in Halak this spring the next Ken Dryden or the next Patrick Roy, rather than the next Steve Penney.

The Habs, way back when, didn’t deal Dryden right after he stunned the Boston Bruins in the ‘71 playoffs, did they?

Well, that was then is and this is now, a salary cap era in which tough decisions that don’t necessarily have to do with the respective talents of players have to be made regularly.

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Report- Halak To The Blues

RDS (not translated) is reporting that Halak has been traded to the Blues.

added 2:56pm, Translation now available,

The Canadiens finally traded Jaroslav Halak according to the St. Louis Blues that RDS has learned. For the moment, it is unclear what the Canadiens will get in return.

added 3:02pm, via a Bob McKenzie tweet,

Halak to the St. Louis Blues. Done deal.

added 3:09pm, via Pierre LeBrun tweet,

Habs get Eller and Schultz in return from Blues

added 3:15pm, a Nick Kypreos tweet,

I also hear that Blues made deal without talking contract with Halak so don’t expect any new big immediate announcement on that front.

added 3:20pm,

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced Thursday the club has acquired goaltender Jaroslav Halak from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forwards Lars Eller and Ian Schultz.

“Jaroslav’s play in this year’s regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs was remarkable,” said Davidson. “He has had very impressive numbers in the NHL and we are thrilled that he will be wearing the Bluenote for us.”

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Contract Can Wait For Halak

from the CP at the Glob and Mail,

Montreal Canadiens goaltender and playoff hero Jaroslav Halak says he wants to take some time away from the game before thinking about his future.

Halak will be a restricted free agent on July 1 with the right to go to salary arbitration if he and the Canadiens are unable to come to a contract agreement.

“Right now, don’t think about it,” Halak said Tuesday when asked what his priorities are when it comes to his contract status. “This is not going to happen today or tomorrow, it’s going to happen over the summer.

“It’s a good question, but right now I just want to go on vacation and put aside hockey and not think about it.”

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Halak In the Pens Heads?

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Are the Pittsburgh Penguins letting Jaroslav Halak get inside their heads, as the Washington Capitals did?

The Penguins say no, although there is growing evidence the Montreal Canadiens goaltender is doing just that. All concerned insist they simply have to stick to their game plan: make Halak as uncomfortable as possible in his crease and everything will work out Saturday in Game 5 of the NHL Eastern Conference semi-final series.

“A-1 is you have to make sure you don’t let the way a goalie is playing change the way you play and change what makes you successful,” Penguins defenceman Mark Eaton said. “We aren’t going to change too much. We’ll just keep – and I hate throwing clichés out there – but keep plugging along and not let frustration set in. When you do that, you’re giving in and you definitely can’t do that, especially in the playoffs.”

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Can Halak Be Even Better?

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Halak! Halak! Halak! People already are calling him another Ken Dryden, winner of six Stanley Cups in eight seasons. Another Patrick Roy, who led the Canadiens to their last two Cups.

You don’t volunteer for greatness. You earn it, as Dryden and Roy did leading their teams to the summit. But for now, Halak’s excellence in this first round had more than a touch of magic to it.

Remarkably, Halak stopped 131 of the 134 shots he faced in the last three games. The Canadiens scored eight times on their 66 shots.

How do you top that? Halak didn’t merely give his team a chance to win, he carried it on his slender shoulders - just as he did bringing the Canadiens into the playoffs. On the other hand, another number should tell you that his supporting cast was there for him.

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Evening Line

“If you squeeze the bottle, your hand is going to shake.”

-Jaroslav Halak of the Montreal Canadiens

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Halak Getting Some Respect

from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,

Somewhere in the final period in Philadelphia Friday night, Jaroslav Halak might have won what has eluded him for so long in this town:

A little respect.

Here he was in a critical, four-point game against the hated Flyers, on the road in Philly where the Canadiens have never fared well. His teammates were beaten, sagging so badly they managed only three shots on net in the third period.

Shot by shot, save by save, Halak scrapped and battled and fought to preserve that 1-0 lead in front of a braying, hostile crowd.

Against all odds, Halak pulled it off. Won that game with the absolute minimum of offensive support.

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Roenick Says Halak Wants A Trade

from ESPNChicago,

“The trade deadline comes up [March 3], and it’s going to be very interesting to see what’s going to happen,” Roenick said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show.” “Especially with a guy in Montreal who is playing unbelievably up here [at the Olympics for Slovakia], and wants a trade because of the goalie situation with [Carey] Price.

“Halak wants out. Chicago would be a perfect place for a guy like Halak to be traded to, free up a little cap space maybe, but also get a goaltender who could push you over the top and win a Cup.”

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Halak Hooked On Chocolate Milk

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

Jaroslav Halak seems in the mood for confession, so it’s worth a shot: “What’s your greatest weakness, Jaro? Low stick-side? Five-hole? High glove-side?” “No,” the Canadiens goaltender says without a heartbeat’s hesitation. “It’s chocolate milk. Since I was a kid, I’ve had to have it every morning. Half a litre now, at home and on the road.

“When I started walking, I had a chocolate milk in my hand. When I was a baby, I had it in my bottle.” Halak laughs and leans back in his chair, chatting late afternoon this week in a Crescent St. restaurant. He is drinking tea.

“But my bottle on top of the net,” he says, “is just water.”

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