Roentgen: Halak is perfect for Hawks

The Blackhawks rallied around their goaltenders the last time Jeremy Roenick questioned whether they were good enough to lead Chicago to a Stanley Cup, but that didn’t stop Roenick from going a step further on Monday.

Roenick, the former Blackhawks star who is an NBC analyst, suggested Montreal Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak might be better equipped than Cristobal Huet or Antti Niemi to lead Chicago to a Cup.

“The trade deadline comes up [March 3], and it’s going to be very interesting to see what’s going to happen,” Roenick said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show.” “Especially with a guy in Montreal who is playing unbelievably up here [at the Olympics for Slovakia], and wants a trade because of the goalie situation with [Carey] Price.

“Halak wants out. Chicago would be a perfect place for a guy like Halak to be traded to, free up a little cap space maybe, but also get a goaltender who could push you over the top and win a Cup.”

Roenick wondered on Jan. 20 if the Hawks’ goalies were good enough to win it all, and several Blackhawks responded the following day by saying they were comfortable with their roster.

“I still feel the same way, and I’m sure a lot of people do,” Roenick said. “I’m not taking anything away from Huet. He’s a good goaltender.

“He has not proved that he can do that through anything of significance yet, and I say yet, but then again he hasn’t been a team like he is now, that’s going to put a lot of pucks in the net; and the defense will play very well in front of him. It’s going to be really interesting.”

Florida Panthers goaltender Tomas Vokoun also has been mentioned as a possible trade target for the Hawks, but Vokoun’s agent told that he has not been approached about waiving his no-trade clause.

“I think he’s one of the reasons the Czechs have a chance to win the gold medal, because of Thomas Vokoun,” Roenick said. “He has seven shutouts, tied for first in the NHL with Marty Brodeur. He’d be a perfect fit.

15 Responses to Roentgen: Halak is perfect for Hawks

  1. dumbassdoorman says:

    Halak is going nowhere until at least the summer. The Habs will deal with the situation then.

  2. hockey_lover says:

    That is my feeling as well. There is no sense in them making a move now .. they are still in the playoff hunt. Trading Halak and sticking with Price, who has been subpar this season, would essentially be throwing in the towel .. unless whoever they trade Halak to gives up a CRAZY return that Montreal would be stupid to say no to .. something I dont see happening.

  3. DannyLeafs says:

    Yeah, it really doesn't make sense to move either goaltender at this point. The market isn't good for it, and is currently flooded, and with goalies, being young doesn't add as much value as it does with a skater. GM's are always worried that a goalie won't be everything they seem to be early on. Montreal is better off waiting until they both establish themselves a little better, so they can make a better decision of which goalie to go with, and get a better return for the one they do decide to trade.

  4. bodangles87 says:

    JR's a BUM

  5. TimTheBone says:

    IF Halak gets traded its definitely a better idea to doit after this season…. Price needs to condition himself better and focus on the right things in the summer and turn his game around to where it should be at this point in his career… everyone knows he can be great…. its just all up to whether he's distracted or focused on the right things…. as for Halak… i think he's a very talented guy.. but as alot of ppl say the "time" of smaller goalies could be done… with the NHL regulating goalie pads even further next season Halak may have a little more difficulty making those game saving….. saves…………….Halak will do very well for himself and unless Montreal gets the offer they cant refuse….. something huge…… keep him

  6. TimTheBone says:

    I think MTL should be mini-sellers….. like just get rid of deadweight and free up tons of cap space…… So try and trade Spacek, Mara, Gill….. all for picks or to teams in desparate need of certain types of defensemen, cause it seems as thought these guys get chance after chance on multiply teams….try and unload Hamrliks contract (maybe in the offseason instead of deadline)….. if we can manage dumping just those guys alone,,, it would free up something like 12-14 million in cao space…. enough to sign some needed guys… Price shouldnt merit a large raise…. maybe 2 or 3 million…… i'd try locking him up for that cheap long term….. pleks should get 5…. realistically he should get 4 IMO.,…. but let's face it…. the so called and much used term "HOME TOWN DISCOUNT"… never happens…. this is a business and people are greedy, everyone wants as much money as possible….

  7. dumbassdoorman says:

    Are you willing to dump contracts if it costs you picks/prospects? A lot of teams who are said to be willing to take them, want that type of return.

  8. reinjosh says:

    Pezzzz, albertateams and anyone else who cares

    What would you think if this season ended up like the last 4, or even ended with a second round loss and it became quite evident that the team had a huge need for a first line center, a true one. Do you think that Sutter gets fired or even makes a bold, bold move? And by bold, I mean something like offer Backstrom or Pavelski or even Kesler a massive offer sheet.

  9. wingsnation21 says:

    Why would Halak solve Chicago's weakness. Roenick said it himself that huet has not proven himself but yet neither has Halak.

  10. reinjosh says:

    yeah exactly. Huet has more regular season and playoff experience.
    And I don't know why people seem to think Chicago wouldn't be ok with Huet.
    He has nice playoff numbers and even good regular season numbers. Plus Niemi is playing well.
    The only way Chicago gets another goalie, is if they get a goalie that costs like 1 or 2 million and the goalie would be equal to that of Huet (some team, say Colorado, trades Anderson for Huet, Beach and something else) and even that is very unlikely.

  11. DandoEagle says:

    The K-Man lost his gold!

    Go back to waistless crazy theorys! LOL!

  12. albertateams says:

    I don't think D. Sutter gets fired unless they miss the playoffs. As for Brent I think they give him another year regardless. I wouldn't be surprised if Sutter tries for a center at the trade deadline or in the off season. An offer sheet is tricky we don't have the necessary picks but if he could trade for one of them for sure.

  13. reinjosh says:

    Yeah i don't think either get fired either unless the playoffs are missed and even then its a toss up.

    Don't we have our four first rounders after this season? And by big move I mean offer Backstrom a eight million dollar contract. Or trade our first, Backlund, Boyd and a defensive prospect for the best center possible.

  14. jpmac says:

    I am.  We have a decent amount of depth to be able to concede a few picks, plus we would probably grab a few later round picks in this type of scenario.  Hopefully if it does happen, this is where Timmins proves his worth.

  15. wingsnation21 says:

    and if they are looking for experience i personally would go with tomas voukon. I have seem him play on high levels before. and not some bum like halak who shows up for a few games at a time.

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