If we look at it this way, what's your impression?
Kostitsyn --> Eller
Moore --> Boyd
Halak --> Auld
I prefer Eller to Sergei. Quite a bit. We will start to see it very soon on the ice.
Boyd is a younger version of Moore, less experienced, but will probably be with us longer, and he is also cheaper. On the ice, Moore is better for now but that might change in the near future.
Big step backwards in the nets, of course. The Habs' hope is not that Auld replaces Halak, but that Price steps up and plays as well as Halak would have played had he stayed. If that happens, the harm is a lot less, obviously. But it's a huge risk, IMO. If the rumours are true about what was offered to us, I would have dealt Price to St. Louis, and got back Eller and also a better player than Schultz, and kept Halak.
But in reality, both St. Louis and Montreal valued Price higher than Halak.