Halak or Price on the move?

They both want to play, Jaroslav Halak and Carey Price are quick to admit. But they know they’re nothing more than pawns in this game, their moves and futures ultimately dictated in the weeks ahead by Canadiens management.

“We’re both young and both want to play as much as we can,” Halak said. “And I’m sure management will do their best to make sure we do play.“But it’s not up to me.”

A day following their playoff elimination in five games by Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference final, several players were trotted out to address a horde of media at the Canadiens’ training facility in Brossard. Everyone was popular – big surprise – but the most attention was paid to goaltenders Halak and Price , potential free agents July 1st, along with centre Tomas Plekanec , eligible to become an unrestricted free agent the same day.

The goalie debate will be the top question until management re-signs both Halak and Price , or, more than likely, trades away one. And, although both were paid less than $1-million this season – Price, at $850,000, earned $50,000 more than Halak – it seems unlikely both can be retained under the salary cap.

Price, a former first-round draft choice, was long considered the team’s first-string netminder – at least while Bob Gainey was general manager until early February. But Halak played more following the Olympics and carried the Canadiens almost single-handedly into the playoffs’ third round.

“I got a chance to play and was real happy with the way things turned out,” said Halak, who had a 2.55 average and .923 save percentage in 18 playoff games, including nine wins. “Right now, I’m not thinking about free agency. It won’t (be settled) today or tomorrow.”

Asked specifically if he usurped Price as the Canadiens’ first-stringer, Halak said: “Maybe lately.” He even claimed he could return to the team under similar cir*****stances, with both he and Price battling for playing time.

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8 Responses to Halak or Price on the move?

  1. hockeylegend488 says:

    the habs would be stupid to trade HALAK, but if numbers dont work mabye this would

    to washington halak and 2010 3rd round pick
    to mtl
    alexander semin and s. varlamov

    or To Edmonton carey price
    to montreal devin dubnik ( wont mind playing second fiddle) and will make what either of these goalies did  and cogliano.

  2. DandoEagle says:

    I know people think I'm an idiot but Price is more better then that package back from Edmonton and this is a team desperate to make a change they'd take our trash in a minute

    -Price (the good player in the deal), A Tits (mediocre player) S TIts (Throw in)
    to Oils
    Coming back we get Penner
  3. TimTheBone says:

    First up I wouldn't take semin on my team, he's waaaaay too soft….. he's afraid to go into the corners first… he really opened my eyes to his fearful play during the montreal series… i mean montreal was puching him around and he was backing off every time…

    I like the Penner idea and think it's quite viable….

    I was thinking about this…. If Nabokov doesnt re-up with the sharks…. how about….

    Carey Price, A.Kos, Roman Hamrlik


    Ryan Clowe, Torrey Mitchell

    I think the Sharks could take on a possible franchise goalie for cheap (2-3 million per) If Nabby doesnt come back… I believe The two could be had for Price alone but A.Kos adds more scoring that leaves in the sense of Clowe and Hamrlik is a salary dump for Montreal  to even the deal….. And lets face it Hamrlik is a more than servicable D-man and has only one year left on his contract…

    Clowe adds more size on the wing for Montreal and Mitchell is just a little sand paper to fill in the bottom lines on MTL…

    I really think its a fair viable trade Player wise…. im just not sure if SJS would be able to afford taking on Hamrlik

  4. leafy says:

    An ode to the 2009-10 Montreal Canadians. Very catchy.


  5. HABSSTAR says:

    Cute!  I'm sure there's a lot of Leafs fans who are breathing a big sigh of relief that Montreal's run is over.  The teasing and bosting would have probably been to much for some of them. lol

  6. DannyLeafs says:

    Yeah, I was actually torn. I was pulling for them, and cursing them at the same time. I was really divided because I didn't want to see guys like Gomez, Plekanec and the Kostitsyn's get to the finals riding on other's coat tails, but I loved the effort and compete level of guys like Halak, Gionta, Gill, Moens, and the Gorges.

    Camalleri I could take or leave. I didn't like his attitude in interviews, and honestly as good as his numbers were I didn't really think he elevated his game so much as just everything was going in for him (early on). He's a very good offensive player, but I just wasn't amazed by him like I was the others.

    It will be an interesting off season, its really hard to peg what will happen.

  7. hockey_lover says:

    Yes, most of us think you are an idiot .. but it has nothing to do with you thinking Price is better than Halak.

  8. DandoEagle says:

    I never once said that Price is more better then Halak!

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