Halak deal was really about Price
The Montreal Canadiens' trade of
Part of the rancor comes from the fact that the Canadiens have once again handed
Still, did anyone really think this would turn out any differently?
Price is younger, bigger and has quite a nice body of work for someone who is just 22 years old. (Halak is 25.) Further, this is more about the function of the goaltending position and the dynamics of having two young goaltenders vying for starting status at the same time in the same organization. Rarely does it work to any great degree.
More recently, the San Jose Sharks had
All of which brings us back to what Montreal is dealing with. Not only did they face the situation of having two emerging number ones arriving at roughly the same spot at the same time. They are looking to manage the money. No team can afford to have two young goalies on the same step of the salary escalator at the same time in today's cap era. Such a thing just doesn't make sense. The best scenarios have a proven veteran behind an established twenty-something number one. The best example is
Ultimately, the Canadiens need scoring help and Halak is an asset that netted them Eller, a first round pick in 2007. Halak's playoff performance made him a known commodity, which made the trade easier for the Blues than the Habs, really. Halak was headline news in the springtime. His NHL numbers are solid and with the recent notoriety, he is an easy sell as the in-coming number one in St. Louis. In Montreal, Halak reduced Price to understudy in the short-term. Now it is up to him to prove he learned some things and matured through it all and is ready to carry the Canadiens dependably.
So, despite the nagging question of whether or not Price is right, it had to happen this way for the Habs. For so many reasons.