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10-18-2008, 08:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Bubbles View Post
I was watching The Score and Al Strachan said that Halak will be traded at the deadline. He mentioned that they would showcase him a bit more and than flip him at the deadline.
Last year, folks could legitimately speculate about the Habs trading Huet at the deadline if Price and Halak were ready. Price had already won a Calder Cup and Huet was an impending free agent that the team might lose for nothing.

This year, there is absolutely no reason to trade Halak, short of getting an unexpected offer of a ridiculous overpayment. And even if this happened, the Habs would need to make a second move to get another reliable backup goaltender, because they surely aren't ready to put their Cup hopes on a Marc Denis or a Cedric Desjardins if Price should go down.

Halak is signed for this year at $750k and next year for $800k. He is still RFA after the contract is up. No one knows what the future will bring. In 1984, the Oilers had two young goalies and Andy Moog had to step in for Grant Fuhr who was hurt. THe Oilers won the Cup. Eventually, Moog moved on, but only in his late twenties. As long as your second goalie is not that expensive, I see no advantage to trading him.

In fact, it is almost the other way around. If the Habs had Marc Denis or Cedric Desjardins backing up Price, and the team was serious about a Cup run, they would LOVE to get their hands on a Jaroslav Halak from another team for a cap hit of $775k. He fits the team needs perfectly.


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