Has Halak requested a trade?
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12-15-2009, 03:48 PM
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As much as I like Halak and that I think he has potential, I really don't see why he asked a trade and most of all, at this time of the year.
He is on pace to play 29 games. That's pretty much what a good back-up gets in the league (most of number one goalies get between high fifty's to seventy games so that give about 20 games to their back-up).
There are not many teams in the league where he would come in as a clear number 1, and from those teams, in most cases he would be a number 1 because of an injury to that team's number 1, so for only a short period of time.
There are maybe a couple of teams where he could see around 35 games as a back-up.
So for himself, the trade doesn't make that much sense in the way that the chances that he would improve his situation for this year are quite slim. Even if it's clear that the habs are Price's team, he still has more chances to play behind a young goalie that might be inconsistent than playing behind an established number 1 goalie, so I don't see why playing for the habs this year is bad for him.
On the long term then it's an other thing, but that's the kind of trade that you make in the summer or at the draft, not during the season.
On the habs side, I think that Gainey is playing it right. He's shopping Halak but he's asking something that he needs in return, or he won't trade him (that's how I took what Gainey said "Don't think that I'm not trading Halak because I want Carter instead of Giroux, I'm not trading Halak because he's not worth much more than what Huet or Biron fetched and that doesn't help us now"). I frankly don't see him getting what he wants because Halak is good but he's not that much of an improvement on many goalie right now (not like he had a ,930 save % and 5 SO in 12 games) , and as much as he has potential, not many team are ready to take a gamble on goalie's potential and I don't think you can put Halak in the same group as Price in term of potential and reputation in the hockey world (aka outside of habs land)
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