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Ken Holland (Red Wings GM) understands Gauthier's decision to trade Halak
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08-26-2010, 11:14 AM
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Gauthier didn't care about Halak's or his agent intentions. He mentioned it clearly in an interview at the question "Did you know what he was asking for" Gauthier said that he didn't need to ask him, that he knew what he'd ask for anyway.
Yes, there's a lot of things to consider. Halak did end up getting a 3.75 cap hit. So other decisions would have needed to be made. Trying to make other moves. Dealing Price instead so that the return would have been Eller-Schultz type of players and maybe more.
So yes, our opinions have to be based on what transpires and what we know. 'Cause if we'd wait to get some news from this organization, might as well close this board....
Trading Price for an established two top lines forward would had make more sense to answer the actual Habs needs. Gauthier knew what to expect hockey wise from Halak. We don't know really yet what Price can provide under pressure situations. Eller might be a very good player. But are they gonna have him play on the third line until Gomez is gone ? Halak is then way more precious as an asset.
A reversal of draft picks in the 1st round with St-Louis would had been welcomed too (instead of Schultz), and maybe the Habs would had been able to keep their second-round pick instead of loosing it to draft Tinordi. They had already lost one in the Moore's trade. Second-round picks are precious: look at Subban !
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