Despite Jaroslav Halak’s Success, Philadelphia Flyers Better Off without Him

December 28th, 2009 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter

About three weeks ago, various reports surfaced suggesting that the Montreal Canadiens were offering goaltender Jaroslav Halak to the Philadelphia Flyers. It was never confirmed which players the Canadiens were asking for in return, but the asking price was thought to start with Jeff Carter and perhaps a draft pick.

On the surface, sending Carter to the Canadiens for Halak seemed a steep price to pay for a goaltender that, for the bulk of his career, has been looked upon as a backup goalie.

Fast-forward to today and you’d find that the NHL has announced Halak as its first star of the week and, given his solid performance, Halak may have disposed of his “backup” label.

Halak, who went 3-0 last week, stopping 140 of 146 shots in the process, was nothing short of spectacular for the Canadiens, making it tough for the organization to put Carey Price (Montreal's supposed number one goalie) back in net.

Simply put, Halak’s stats were off the hook last week as he posted a 3-0 record with a 1.97 GAA and a .959 SV%. On the season, Halak now has a record of 10-5-0, putting him ahead of Price ...

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