Jaroslav Halak = Patrick Roy II?

June 18th, 2010 by Steve Thompson Leave a reply »
Most Montreal Canadien fans will be stunned and angry today when they realize that the goaltender who engineered two upsets over the highly favored Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, Jaroslav Halak, has been traded to the St. Louis Blues for two unknown prospects, said to have lots of potential.

After the playoffs were over and it was revealed that Montreal had some goaltending depth that could be traded, fans were expecting a deal to strengthen the club.

However, most Canadien fans figured that the goaltender that would leave Montreal would be Carey Price.

After the way Halak played in the playoffs, where he was the only goaltender who could have won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs most valuable player, and also at the Vancouver Olympics where he guided Slovakia to a fourth place finish, Halak established himself as Montreal's goaltender for the coming decade.

Fans will argue that Price has yet to establish himself as a competent playoff goaltender, who can respond in pressure situations and win games almost by himself like Halak recently did.

But management saw differently and now they face a big risk, b ...

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