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 ESPNChicago.com 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.