Thursday, June 17, 2010
Jaroslav Halak Traded
The first thought I had when I had heard this on Twitter, was "Goodbye, downtown Montreal."
It has been fun speculating as to whether or not Montreal will keep its future-Patrick Roy, Carey Price, or re-sign the man who has earned the starting role, which is Jaroslav Halak.
We found out our answer today, as new GM Pierre Gauthier decided to trade restricted free agent Jaro Halak to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for prospects Lars Eller and Nick Schultz. Just the general reaction I have gotten so far from the Habs' fan base can be summarized in one word: chaos.
Before the return for Halak was made official, many Montreal fans were stating "Oshie/Berglund/Perron and a 1st round pick BETTER be coming back our way." It's fun yo think of the disappointment that is ripping through their veins right now. I can't say that I'm not surprised as well; I thought Halak was going to be kept. Why wouldn't he be? He carried the team, along with Mike Cammalleri, through the 2009-10 playoffs.
With this trade made and the return being not very impressive (in comparison to what most would've thought)...what does that mean for the Flyers in their pursuit of a goaltender? Apparently, the farm won't have to be mortgaged in order to get a young, starting goaltender.
Who will they chase after? I am not sure, but the upcoming draft is going to be one fun event.