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03-09-2012, 06:20 PM
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Originally Posted by CTHabsfan View Post
You obviously missed my point; Jaro Halak was never "the man" in Montreal. While he undoubtedly had some great moments with the Canadiens, he never faced the pressure of being the guy who had to carry the team. If he wasn't playing well, the Canadiens always had Carey Price, a fifth overall draft pick. Halak, as a 271st overall pick, was never expected to do great things. That would have changed if Price was traded and Halak was the clear #1 for the Habs. We will never know what would have happened if Halak had a subpar 2010-11 season in Montreal, followed by an October with a save percentage below .900.
Originally Posted by smon View Post
I think it's fairly clear that keeping Price over Halak was the right decision. Price has put up better numbers and has become a more consistent goaltender.

But management was wrong to think that Price could handle being the #1 early in his career and that definitely hurt the team. Especially in 2007-08.

The jury is still out on the particular trade of Halak for Eller and Schultz though. Eller has shown that he is an NHLer but he has not made any huge strides beyond that.
It's like you don't even watch the NHL.

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