Montreal Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak wants to play more and it appears that general manager Bob Gainey is willing to accomodate him if the right offer comes along.

According to the sports media website, Gainey offered the services of Halak to the Philadelphia Flyers, who lost starting goaltender Ray Emery for at least a month after he underwent successful surgery to correct an abdominal tear last week.

When asked whether he had formally requested a trade, Halak was non-committal.

“Maybe I did, maybe I didn’t. It’s between me and my agent so I’m not going to say yes or no. I have no comment on this,” said Halak on Tuesday.

“I’m a young goalie, and Carey (Price) is a young goalie, so I’m pretty sure we both want to play. At the same time, I’m a team guy, and even if I don’t play I just want to win, and get the two points. I want everybody to do good,” added Halak.

Gainey told writer Bertrand Raymond that he called the Flyers and told them he might have a goaltender available but the Flyers did not propose a deal.


  1. lafleur10 says:

    jaro will be dealt at the trade deadline! to where and for what remains to be seen.

  2. honestabe says:

    That would be a bad move for the habs.   He's far more valuable to the team than anything they would get back in a trade. 

  3. lafleur10 says:

    he wants to play and be a starting goalie in the league and with us he'll never get that chance ,however you are right he is far to valuable but he will be moved at some point

  4. TheLeafNation91 says:

    The question is for what?

  5. mojo19 says:

    I agree, Halak is valuable to the Habs and the market for goaltenders recently dictates that Montreal would not get a great return for Halak. That being said, if he's not happy then it might still be in their best interest to deal him.

  6. KingCanada says:

    A few years back Cirstobal Huet was traded to the Capitals for a 2nd round pick.  Huet was a UFA.  Halak is a RFA.  Both goalies have comparible skillsets.  Now just on that status alone does that mean Halak is more valuable since he is a retainable asset or should he be worth the standard 2nd round pick?  Or do we add a prospect/mid round pick to the mix?

    To Phily: Jaroslav Halak
    To Montreal: 2nd round pick,  +?

  7. the_word says:

    After reading 101 Leafs take Sopel to get a pick trade scenarios, you'd think Hab fans might clue in in on the Chicago market…

    Montreal has no future, no present and holes at every posiition.

    Chicago is in desperate need for some goaltending depth at cost and needs to dump salary.

    So if I was Bob Gainey and I felt like making a trade that didn't suck for once  I'd offer up Halak for Sopel and at 1st round pick. Chicago gets to reunite Halak/Huet so they can battle out their medoicre and Chicago dumps a salary for breathing room and getting a player that can have an impact this year.  The Habs blueline is ugly enough that Sopel could play quality minutes and who doesn't love a 1st round pick?

    An alternative scenario could be….

    Halak and PK Subban* for Seabrook, Sopel and a 2nd round pick. Habs get a legitimate young defenseman, a bad contract and a pick while Chicago gets a solid prospect, goaltending and a cap solution.

    *Now for those that have decided Subban is a lock for the HoF, I disagree rather than subject me argument over his merits just change the 2nd round pick from Chicago to a 1st in your head as these proposals are meaningless anyway.

  8. kilter says:

    Tradeing Halak is a *****ing mistake,time and again he's proved he is better than Price,Huet is better than Price and we should never have traded him at that time and for only a 2nd round draft pick! If your gonna trade anyone trade….PRICE!!!!!!!!!!….we need more scoring,our defence is ok,Halak is a more solid goaltender,he shows up everynight to play,and he does,nt give that weak goal every single game that Price does!!!! Mark my words,if they trade Halak 1st Gainey will get nothing for him because he will just want to get rid of him,and 2nd with just Price to go to the Habs will be in the very deepest of trouble because he is not a #1 NHL goalie,then what do we do?

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