Jaroslav Halak Traded: Montreal Trades Goalie To St. Louis Blues
Habs Deal 2010 Playoff Star Goalie Jaroslav Halak To St. Louis Blues For Lars Eller and Ian Schultz
The Montreal Canadiens said goodbye to the goalie that almost led them to the Stanley Cup Finals. Jaroslav Halak has been traded to the St. Louis Blues for two young forwards, Lars Eller and Ian Schultz.
The move comes as a surprise because of the exceptional performance of Jaroslav Halak during the 2010 NHL playoffs. Halak was the main reason why Montreal went as far as the Eastern Conference Finals during the playoffs. He was making $800,000 a year and some expected him to receive a heft raise and the number one goaltender position but it didn't turn out that way.
Halak, who took the Canadiens' No. 1 goaltending job from Carey Price last season, led Montreal to the Eastern Conference final while posting the best save percentage (.923) of all NHL goalies during the postseason and the third-best goals-against average (2.55).
During the regular season, Halak posted a 26-13-5 record with a 2.40 GAA and a .924 save percentage.
The Jaroslav Halak trade leaves Chris Mason the existing goaltender for the St. Louis Blues the odd man out.
This move closes the door on the return of Chris Mason to St. Louis. The Blues were in negotiations with Mason’s agent, Tom Laidlaw, up until a few days ago. Evidently, a happy medium couldn’t be reached, which led to the Blues acquiring Halak.
Meanwhile, it is likely Carey Price will become the number one goalie for Montreal and the Canadiens.