Jaroslav Halak, the former Montreal Canadiens goalie, has signed a 4-year deal with the St. Louis Blues. The deal is worth $15 million.
Halak was acquired by the Blues last month in exchange for Lars Eller and Ian Schultz after the Habs decided not to go with the goalie who got them into Cup contention. In choosing Carey Price instead, the Canadiens had a lot of fans scratching their heads.
But now the 25-year-old Halak gets a shot at starting over and he seems downright pleased to have the chance in St. Louis. “I’ve been looking forward to playing in St. Louis ever since the trade was announced,” he said in a statement. “I believe in my abilities and hope to do some good things for the Blues.”
According to TSN, “Halak will earn $2.75 million in the first year of the contract, then $3.5 million in the second, $4.25 million in the third, and $4.5 in the final year of the contract.”
Halak posted a 26-13-5 during the regular season last year and was Montreal’s go-to guy for the post-season. He finished fourth overall in save percentage, posting a .940 and making good for ninth in goals-against average at 2.40. But it was his heroic efforts during the playoffs that put the improbable Habs in contention in the Eastern Conference far beyond where they deserved.
In any event, it’s good to see Halak getting the shot he deserves. Hopefully his play will elevate the Blues franchise so that they can take the next step as a hockey club by proving the Montreal Canadiens made a huge mistake.
Posted by Jordan Richardson.