Montreal traded playoff hero Jaroslav Halak to the St. Louis Blues today in a surprising deal. Perhaps most surprising is the laughably poor return they got for a goaltender that almost single-handedly carried the Canadians past the Presidents Trophy winning Capitals and the defending Cup champion Penguins. What precisely did they get?
Lars Eller, a center who might be ready to play next season. They also receive Ian Schultz, from the Calgary Hitmen, who will almost certainly spend at least some time in the minors. Wow, how the mighty have fallen. What kind of terrible return is that? Obviously we’re all well familiar with the fact that trading goalies doesn’t seem to provide much in the way of return, but this is a bit crazy. I can’t imagine that there was no other manager out there (Philadelphia anyone?) who was willing to take a flier (pun not intended) on a goaltender who clearly has franchise potential.
As you might expect, the Canadians fans have already begun losing their minds (though arguably that started years ago). If Halak goes on to be a stellar starting keeper, things could get ugly in Montreal. This is particularly true if Carey Price fails to perform to expectations. Only time will tell…
Do you think this was a good trade for Montreal?