That was tough luck for Halak, but we’ve seen that before. Games turn quickly when pucks find their way into the net.
“All of a sudden it evaporates,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock acknowledged during his postgame news conference. “Jaro had a tough night.”
Halak could have made amends in the shootout, but he didn’t. A big point got away from the Blues in startling fashion.
Because of the Olympic break this season there are two trading deadlines in the NHL.
The first begins Friday at 3 p.m. (and expires at noon Feb. 23) — the second deadline on March 5.
Don’t expect the Red Wings to do anything by Friday.
There has been so much focus on Matt Moulson that you forget the Buffalo Sabres have a long list of pending UFAs, and another forward generating lots of interest is Steve Ott.
Among the teams keeping tabs on the Vanek situation are the Los Angeles Kings, although a source Tuesday suggested he might not be their top target. My guess is that would be Matt Moulson, although as reported before, Sam Gagner and Mike Cammalleri are also options for L.A.
The future of Dave Bolland, and whether it’s with the Maple Leafs, should become clear in the coming weeks.
Certainly, we’ll know before the NHL trade deadline on March 5.