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10-11-2013, 01:53 PM
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Halak's agent might want a giant raise for him, but that guy is about as humble as it gets. I feel like if Armstrong says "I'm only paying for what you've earned" he just says ok and tries to earn more.

All these hypothetical's that have him leaving or earning a major contract comparable to the elite tier paygrade of goalies leave out the possibility of him getting injured this year which is probably much higher than a Cup. They leave out Elliott's upcoming performances in net which could really paint a clear picture or make the Blues' choices much harder.

We have a lot of time before the marketplace for a goalie appears towards the trade deadline to see what kind of return we can get on 1 of the 3 goalies who will have 1-way deals next season. If that return is something more than futures with cap space it could change the budget we have for the 8 or so UFA/RFAs we need to retain or release. Even outside of dealing an extra goalie, we could change the roster in a big way by the end of the season making Halak's price tag and our budget for him no longer an issue.

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