Habs trade Halak to the Blues

The Montreal Canadiens have traded goaltender Jaroslav Halak to the St. Louis Blues for a pair of prospects.

The Canadiens received forwards Ian Schultz and Lars Eller.

The 21-year old Eller scored two goals in seven games with the Blues last season, and scored 18 goals in 70 games for the AHL’s Peoria Rivermen.

The 20-year old Schultz played 70 games for the Calgary Hitmen last year, scoring 24 goals with 31 assists.

Speculation swirled after the Canadiens were eliminated in the Eastern Conference final that either Halak or Carey Price would be traded.

Halak had a spectacular playoff run, leading Montreal to upset wins over the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Both Halak , 25, and Price , 22, expressed a certain degree of unease with the idea of repeating a similar situation next year where both are battling for the same net.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/2010/06/17/halak_blues/


67 Responses to Habs trade Halak to the Blues

  1. lafleur10 says:

    we have cedric desjardins in the minors and he could be another halak

  2. leafy says:

    Yes Gauthier. My error. But it's more fun to blame Gainey.

  3. toronto-cruz says:

    plek could… if mtl gives him a 1 yr contract, he's one of 'those' guys
    SK def wont do anything, and he wont, and SHOULDNT, be in the NHL much longer
    If AK puts up 25, let alone 40, Toronto will win the cup
    pouliot will put 18-22,
    gionta will do 20g/40ish As
    dead on on gomez
    cammallari is only 30+ (40+) goal scorer on this team

    honestly… this team (as is) will not make the play-offs next yr, they lack offense, don't have great defence, and their G situation is sketchy @ best

  4. Bure96 says:

    I think your mistaken about Eller. He played in the AHL all star game last year in his first AHL season. He's progressing quite well actually, though I doubt he's skilled enough to ever be a 1st line player.

  5. HABSRULEFOREVER says:

    I was just thinking that as well.. they also could've got Bishop.. MTL needs to quit builind their team with Europeans… I would've rather Perron straight up… I can't remember the last time they made a good trade.. I hope they can sign Plekanec…

  6. HABSRULEFOREVER says:

    also look at what Ottawa got for Heatly…

  7. HABSRULEFOREVER says:

    ya but Perron is a French Canadian, and is a better goal scorer.. As a HAB fan I'm tired off these Europeans..  If they couldn't have got Backes, they should've tried to get that first round pick…I don't understand why every trade MTL makes is lopsided… I can't remember the last time they actuallly made a good trade.. If thats all they got offered for Halak, just think what teams were offering for Price…. Plus maybe Halak wanted out, so it was a no brainer for Gauthier.. I just hope he can get Plekanec signed..

  8. HABSRULEFOREVER says:

    ya but Perron is a French Canadian, and is a better goal scorer.. As a HAB fan I'm tired off these Europeans..  If they couldn't have got Backes, they should've tried to get that first round pick…I don't understand why every trade MTL makes is lopsided… I can't remember the last time they actuallly made a good trade.. If thats all they got offered for Halak, just think what teams were offering for Price…. Plus maybe Halak wanted out, so it was a no brainer for Gauthier.. I just hope he can get Plekanec signed..

  9. broc says:

    Saying Eller played this past season as a 21 year old is quite misleading. Eller just turned 21 at the end of May, so really his whole season was played as a 20 year old.

    Tlusty is over a year older than Eller. Also Tlusty looks like he has hit a wall, where Eller led the craptacular Rivermen in scoring. On a better AHL team his #s would have been better.. not a guy on that team broke even 20 goals.

    If the planets align, Dale Mitchell might make it as a Alex Burrows type, or, more likely he may never play in the NHL (just like Schultz). 

    But I digress, this is not enough of a return for Halak.

  10. broc says:

    Pasted from your last post..

    Saying Eller played this past season as a 21 year old is quite misleading. Eller just turned 21 at the end of May, so really his whole season was played as a 20 year old.

    Tlusty is over a year older than Eller. Also Tlusty looks like he has hit a wall, where Eller led the craptacular Rivermen in scoring. On a better AHL team his #s would have been better.. not a guy on that team broke even 20 goals.

    If the planets align, Dale Mitchell might make it as a Alex Burrows type, or, more likely he may never play in the NHL (just like Schultz). 

    But I digress, this is not enough of a return for Halak.

  11. broc says:

    People throw the term "bust" around so loosely.

    Eller has played one season in North America so far- as a 20 year old- and he led his team in scoring. Peoria was shit, but he still produced. My god, give him another season or 2 before saying he's crap.

    Considering the cir*****stances, he's had a good first year.

  12. HABSSTAR says:

    He's an RFA and has no rights to arbitration, he has little leverage. 

  13. nordiques100 says:

    i agree with others, eller is not a bust. that statement is way off base. its like saying luke schenn is a total bust. give the kid a chance!

    7 games in the NHL and you're already saying bust?

  14. simplyhabby says:

    I am happy reviewing some of the comments on here that some do udnerstand and appreciate the logistics of this trade.  To the others who thought this was awful, here is my positive spin.

    Of course, Halak was the better of the two goalies.  I will never dispute that.  That being said,

    Halak's value in a cap work is probably at its peak right now.  The Blues can go to arbitration and if things don't work out at the end of the year, he is gone UFA.  Expiring contracts are a valuable asset in the cap world.  Please review the Phenuef trade in that regard for Calgary. 

    As for the habs, if halak goes to arbritation, he will easily get the high 3's low 4 mill a year and most likley, will leave the Habs UFA the following year or in a trade where his value would be less because he no longer the other teams choice to retain his services for at least another year.

    Price will resing for a much cheaper contract and be at the very least, above average, providing the teams plays a ssound defensive collapse like they did in the playoffs.  Remember, not to discredit Halak for his heroics but the D allowed very few second chances during the long playoff run.

    As for the players coming back, I am happy Gautier truly beleived that the habs got lucky to make it as far as they did in the playoffs.  The habs are thin on size and grit.  The prospects coming over both play with a little edge and should help Montreal long term without breaking the bank.  Now the habs have some cap room to resign Plex (if that is their wish) or obtain a big centre (we can only hope) to address the glaring size issue.  Even if they resign plex, they will have a little flexibility to make some other minor tweaks.  To be honest, I would not be suprised to see the Hammer go for a 3rd rounder or less.  Hammer is solid but just think of what we can do with an additional 5 mil come free agency.

    Welcome to the cap world people.  Montreal wants to ensure the pond in Hamilton is stocked becaause those hard working entry level players  go a long way regarding your financial flexibility.

  15. leafy says:

    My mistake then. I was going on the fact that he had very high expectations coming in but hasn't yet cracked the line-up.  But some good players take longer to develop of course.

  16. leafy says:

    I agree, but Luke Schenn has played 2 full NHL seasons. Eller has yet to play even 10 games in the NHL and he's 21.  But anyway, I see your point.

  17. Frank181 says:

    Wow, you are hilarious. He's just the best goalie of all time, no big deal or anything. Roy won two cups after he was traded.

    come on bud

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