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#21 The Secret

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 02:41 PM

Bienvenue au la Belle Province.... Rumour has it they traded Halak because he couldn't speak french and he didnt like poutine!

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 02:42 PM

Are these high-end prospects? They better be if they came in for Halak... I'm shocked they chose Price over him. How much is potential worth when your playoff MVP has to be traded to allow it to develop further?

Not exactly. Eller projects to be a good top-six forward with good two-way play.

Schultz is a power-forward, so his offensive development will determine if he becomes a top-six forward or a third/forth-line grinder.

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 02:43 PM

There has to be something going on here. Halak must have not wanted to stay in Montreal and maybe someone in the Blues organization (and probably other teams) knew this. Montreal didn't have much to bargain with if Halak had made it clear he wasn't going to re-sign with them. On the bright side, my Price jersey isn't out of date... for now.

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 02:46 PM

Price had little trading value right now. They would've got basically nothing out of him. He still has great potential though and fits for the Canadiens mould. Halak is obviously the better goalie at the moment, but the trade has other factors as well.
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Posted 17 June 2010 - 02:46 PM

This is kinda funny seeing how all the Habs fans were going crazy for Halak thinking he was the second coming of Roy or something. At least we get to watch another season of Montreal taunting and booing Price.

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 02:52 PM

Are these high-end prospects? They better be if they came in for Halak... I'm shocked they chose Price over him. How much is potential worth when your playoff MVP has to be traded to allow it to develop further?

Lars Eller should pan out to be a vFlip with slightly better scoring and slightly worse defense.

Ian Schultz seems like a power forward/ Grinder that's a third line/second line tweener, depending on if he can reach his potential. This kid is tough too, and enjoys a good scrap. (Cue the fight lovers that say we should have traded Howard and made this deal) lol
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Posted 17 June 2010 - 02:59 PM

Better lock down my doors and windows, feel a riot coming on.

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 03:16 PM

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 03:19 PM

Wonder where Conks will sign then?

ConkBlock has one more year left on his deal with STL. It's Mason who's contract is up.
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Posted 17 June 2010 - 03:22 PM

Are these high-end prospects? They better be if they came in for Halak... I'm shocked they chose Price over him. How much is potential worth when your playoff MVP has to be traded to allow it to develop further?

Keep in mind Halak is now 25 - Price 22. Price at 25 will be better than Halak now. It was a smart long term move. Now they bring in a guy like Biron to back up Price and give him guidance (he has never really had a mentor - its been 2 young guys for most of his career) and he will develop into what he is supposed to be.

Did they make the right choice for next season. Not necessarily. Did they make the right choice for the next 5 years...Yes definitely.

Edited by russianswede919293, 17 June 2010 - 03:23 PM.


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Posted 17 June 2010 - 03:25 PM

Price is overrated. The Habs will regret this.

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 03:28 PM

Maybe Price won't be Montreal's number one goalie.

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 03:29 PM

Keep in mind Halak is now 25 - Price 22. Price at 25 will be better than Halak now. It was a smart long term move. Now they bring in a guy like Biron to back up Price and give him guidance (he has never really had a mentor - its been 2 young guys for most of his career) and he will develop into what he is supposed to be.

Did they make the right choice for next season. Not necessarily. Did they make the right choice for the next 5 years...Yes definitely.


thats a big IF, if price fulfills his potential. potential is the most dangerous word in sports. how many prospect ever really fulfill their potential. They basically traded away a guy they called the 2nd coming of Christ; the pressure on Price will be insane.

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 03:34 PM

I don't even know what to say to this one... lol.

"Oooh... Lars Eller. He's is from zee Denmark. Zat is kind of close to zee Fraaaance."

But seriously, wtf...

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 03:46 PM

Halak is at what I think will be the highest point of his career...Yes that playoff run was miraculous but he has a lot of issues.

He has continually (either him or his agent) gone to the media to publicly air dirty laundry. In addition for as many great moments he had in the playoffs he had quite a few oh s*** moments as well where he played terribly.

Price had to relieve Halak in 3 games, and started one...SO yes Halak was great but at times he wasn't so great as well.

Halak at 25 is not as good as what Price could be at 25 (yes I know that says could)

The Canadiens have invested a lot of time and effort into Price and decided not to give up on him yet (can't fault them for that). The best way to get the potential out of him is to get him a mentor. Where would Howard be without Osgood...answer not as good as Howard is.

A guy like Martin Biron will come in and back up Price and I think that Price will have better stats than Halak. Maybe not next year - but 3 years from now it will show that this was the right move.

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 05:04 PM

This is kinda funny seeing how all the Habs fans were going crazy for Halak thinking he was the second coming of Roy or something. At least we get to watch another season of Montreal taunting and booing Price.

And the same thing happened with Price.

I would love to know what really happened behind the scenes, if anything did happen, so we can understand this trade. As someone said his trade value was higher but do you think other GMs would of made an offer that was to great for Price or Halak that would of screwed them royally by trying to hang onto both?

Now since Halak is a Blues man now I hope this past SC playoffs was a fluke :P

EDIT: It seems they just think Price will be a better goalie in the future based off the Pierre Gauthier phone interview on TSN

Edited by dragonballgtz, 17 June 2010 - 05:18 PM.


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Posted 17 June 2010 - 05:48 PM

Solid goaltending with every Central team now. Well, that team in Chicago in my mind still has a problem but they have that one trophy too.

Oh really and were top notch, get real we have second tier goaltending if that what we go into this season with.. Halak wanted this guy in Detroit 2yrs. ago - we'd have 2 exstra cups; he's one cool customer.

And the same thing happened with Price.

I would love to know what really happened behind the scenes, if anything did happen, so we can understand this trade. As someone said his trade value was higher but do you think other GMs would of made an offer that was to great for Price or Halak that would of screwed them royally by trying to hang onto both?

Now since Halak is a Blues man now I hope this past SC playoffs was a fluke :P

EDIT: It seems they just think Price will be a better goalie in the future based off the Pierre Gauthier phone interview on TSN

This guy is no fluke he's the real deal. He was also incredible during the regular season . I think he averaged about 32 shots and up every game he played.

He's an RFA this year. Both he and Price are set to be RFA's, so Montreal had a decision to make.

Yes the fools they are!

There has to be something going on here. Halak must have not wanted to stay in Montreal and maybe someone in the Blues organization (and probably other teams) knew this. Montreal didn't have much to bargain with if Halak had made it clear he wasn't going to re-sign with them. On the bright side, my Price jersey isn't out of date... for now.

By the way the Gm of the Blues Pleau is a former Canadian- hmmmm.

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 05:49 PM

So he has yet to sign a contract with the blues they just traded his rights or?

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 06:25 PM

Not exactly. Eller projects to be a good top-six forward with good two-way play.

Schultz is a power-forward, so his offensive development will determine if he becomes a top-six forward or a third/forth-line grinder.


Montreal is out of their mind. I'm shocked they couldn't get something better than that for Halak. Why did they make this trade? Price is an average NHL goaltender (at best) with tons of unfulfilled potential but serious mental blocks created by horrifyingly bad management.

Halak has shown that he can be an elite goalie right now. Price is young and has the potential to be an elite goalie.

Before the playoffs I'd say this trade makes sense but after the way Halak played it just seems retarded to me. Worst case they should have signed both and made room for them then traded whoever didn't fit.

Halak must have made it clear that he didn't want to return to Montreal.
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