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03-31-2013, 12:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Bluesman91 View Post
Lost his job 2/3 years he's been with us. He lost his job to Brian Elliott, who everyone claimed to be a terrible pick up, and Jake Allen, who literally has only played NHL games this year. The only reason he didn't lose it his first year and play less games was because our backup was Ty Conklin.

He's not bad but he's not a game stealer. He lets in too many weak goals, some games he looks amazing but every player has those games. His rebound control is one of the worst in the league, he honestly looks like a pinball machine. His glove hand isn't anywhere near the level of Elliott's or Allen's. I wouldn't say his lateral movement is that bad but it certainly isn't anything to WOW about. Not to mention he is a huge flopper.
Actually, that is exactly what Halak is. A game stealer.

Say what you want about his consistency, or his ability to handle a full seasons work load as a bonafide #1. Mention his weak glove hand, or his poor shoot-out record.

But to say his isn't a game stealer?

There is a reason he is tied with Glenn "Mr. Goalie" Hall for most shutouts in a Blues uniform, a reason he helped carry Montreal deep into the playoffs, and a reason he helped Slovakia to a best ever fourth place finish in the 2010 Olympics including a 36 saves on 37 shots against Russia.

If Halak should be kept going forward, if he is overpaid, if he is whiny, if he is good enough to win a Cup, etc. are all up for debate. But the guy can steal a game fairly often.

Its the games between those games you gotta watch out for.

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