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07-11-2010, 12:58 PM
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a) It was a smart move by management to make the trade before July 1st. If Halak would of went to RFA status, it could of allowed a team to get him with an offer sheet. If St. Louis offered him a deal similiar to the one he signed, the habs compenasation, if they didn't match the offer, would of been a 2011 1st and 3rd round pick. Eller and Shultz, imo, are worth alot more than the picks in a weak draft year. And if the habs would of matched the offer, now they have to look to trade a goalie who has signed a 4 year deal....and if a good deal couldn't be found we would run into a problem with RFA offer sheets to Carey Price, or if the goalie trade market dries up, making a move just to make it.
I think PG made the trade at the right time.

b) the 'we didn't get a call' crap doesn't make any sense. Every team in the NHL knew for a LONG time that one of the habs goalies were going to be moved. Any team that was serious about getting into the Halak sweepstakes would of called PG and let them know their intent very early on, they wouldn't of sat back waiting for a phone call. That would be very, very stupid.

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