This fractious relationship; is it a true goalie controversy?
Does he dislike Hitchcock? I'm told he wears on players over a period, genius and winner or not.
Was he pushing for a new contract this off season and was knocked back? There could be something there I suppose? St Lou according to the Forbes report is the lowest revenue team in the league AND losing money. I doubt their new president would have been rewarding Halak with a Bryzgalov contract upon arrival. Hey, their tandem is signed this year and next (for less than Lou's real dollar pay) with what their market called the best tandem in the league.... I wouldn't overpay Halak either because he can fall back on last years save %leader in the league.
His first mandate HAS to be returning to the black. Not overpaying.
I'm not claiming to be a genius, but if St Lou were to part ways with Halak who has solid trade value, I'm guessing they want something to push them over the top (don't forget they have a pretty good team!) not an even more expensive goalie controversy...
But if they're seriously willing to dismantle their team by tossing us Patrick Berglund for Lou straight up (the post I was responding to), handing us exactly what we need, take on a 3rd goalie and an $6.7 mill per year payout while losing millions to solve (?) their conundrum I'm all for it...
Maybe there is a 3 way deal to be landed somehow, but i just don't see this one.
Halak and Stewart for Luongo.
Melanson can get back to fixing whatever has gone wrong for Jaro since he left Montreal (in fact there was an article that said Halak approached Melanson for help when STL was here last year).
Hitchcock had him as the starter and then Halak pulled the plug in the pregame skate. Reports started coming out that he just didn't want to play. There could be a fractious relationship there...
Edited by Canuck Surfer, 15 February 2013 - 05:05 PM.