Strachan: Halak will be traded at deadline?
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10-18-2008, 08:41 AM
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See the Gaborik thread for detailed explanation of my thoughts.
1) There is no value in trading backup goalies
2) I don't want Denis as our backup... If Price goes down with an injury we are screwed.
Keep Halak as playoff insurance. If he proves himself trade him in the offseason and sign a reliable backup.
Halak is no more playoff insurance than Denis...in fact Denis has more NHL and playoff experience.
I think the only way Gainey trades Halak is if he gets top dollar for him, otherwise, keep him as a cheap back up. It would be dumb to trade him just because we have 2 good young goalies.
You can't really say Halak is a "back up goalie", he is just starting his career and has not had prior chances at #1. Smith got Dallas Richards so obviously Halak could have good trade value at one point.
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