HOW ABOUT HALAK?
What did you think of that Jaroslav Halak after the game last night, eh?
This is the same guy that many reports insisted Paul Holmgren chose not to trade for over the summer for a 2nd round pick.
Well the 24-year-old Slovakian goalie, who appears to be the go-to guy for Montreal as they head into the playoffs, stole a game from the Flyers by making 35 saves en route to a 1-0 shutout.
It was a crushing loss for the Flyers, who fell to the No. 8 seed in the East. Meanwhile, it was a huge win for the Habs, who now probably only need three points in their last four games - three of which are against non-playoff teams - to lock up a playoff berth.
Yeah, the game was that important last night.
The Flyers threw everything they had at Halak. It was their most complete effort of the season. And yet, Halak stopped every shot.
He made 35 saves as the Flyers basically played a game of pinball with the puck in the Montreal zone all night and played it very well, but just couldn't get the ball into the "lock" hole.
But there is something more to this performance than Halak.
I spoke with Marc-Antoine Godin, a beat writer for La Presse in Montreal, who followed up my story from earlier this week about the Flyers offseason interest in acquiring a young goalie with NHL experience.
I hinted that it might be Carey Price, but Godin, who did some research on the Montreal end, told me he thinks Halak is the more likely candidate to be moved.
He said the Canadiens still think Price has more value long term and if Halak stays hot, as he is right now, he could garner good value.
Godin also pointed out that the Canadiens have salary cap issues of their own and wouldn't want to take a big money player in return and might ask for either Claude Giroux or James van Riemsdyk in return.
We will have a video discussing this online later this morning, but the fact remains that the Flyers and Canadiens will e talking extensively this summer.
The question though is, would you part with either one of your young and upcoming stars for Halak?
Interesting, especially since his price seemed a lot lower last summer.