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St. Louis drama: Halak and Hitchcock ended season feuding

May 12, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

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You may have noticed that Jaroslav Halak wasn’t much of a factor late in the season or the playoffs for the St. Louis Blues. He dealt with a groin injury and was supplanted by Brian Elliott as the starter in the playoffs.

If you thought any of that sat well with Halak, you’d be very wrong.

Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch shares a story how he and coach Ken Hitchcock had a heated argument outside the Blues locker room before Game 4 against Los Angeles. Halak was reportedly late for a team meeting and the confrontation was escalated by Halak as he got his frustrations about sitting off his chest.

What was Halak burned up about? Rutherford highlights include:

Rutherford adds Blues personnel may not have been pleased with Halak’s response to not playing including giving less-than full effort in practices and not preparing to play in Game 2 against L.A. when Elliott was shaken up. While he stayed in the game, it’s customary to at least stretch and prep just in case. Halak didn’t do that.

An early playoff exit with added goalie drama ensures the summer will be interesting in St. Louis. For what it’s worth, Halak has one more year left on his contract with a $3.75 million cap hit.

  1. girouxed - May 12, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    It’s very disappointing to see st. L eliminated.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - May 12, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      Doesn’t bother me much.

  2. atwatercrushesokoye - May 12, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Trade him to Calgary, we need a new number 1 goalie.

    • cardsandbluesforever - May 12, 2013 at 6:24 PM

      yaro is probably done here in st louis. the last goalie that got all pissy because coach didnt let him play? manny legacy, he had a terrible game then sulked like a spoiled punk on the bench. he got shipped on out of here shortly after.
      i dont know what halak was thinking anyway. he injured his groin, then re-injured it shortly after coming back. he needed to take it easy and heal fully before even thinking about playing, hitch was doing him a favor that way. elliott was playing out of his mind all series long and he was hot coming in. yaro had been sitting for well over a month, the kings would have lit him up like a christmas tree just like the last time they faced him.
      hopefully we can package him up with a couple other players in exhange for a legit scorer.

  3. 950003cups - May 12, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Halak still has a lot of talent left in him. Some teams will want him ASAP. Send him to NJ. Marty is 41 and has maybe 2 years left.

  4. RoseTintedVisor - May 12, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Long Island on line one.

  5. bcisleman - May 12, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    StL probably should trade Halak for scoring help. They obviously need some based on the LAK series. Would love to see Jaden S. pot a Cup winner in honor of his sister Mandi one of these days–as long as its not against the Islanders!!!!

  6. withseidelinn - May 12, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    1 of the 3 goalies will be gone. It may as well be Halak with this coming into light. Elliot is spotty at times, but nonetheless a solid goalie, and with Allen waiting in the wings and primed to be a starter, they would be in good shape to go with that duo. They will also want to avoid Allen getting an offer sheet from another team with a ridiculous price tag.

  7. ludacrish05 - May 12, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Montreal shouldn’t have traded him to St.L , price is overrated and Halak was the reason the caps were knocked out in 2010.

  8. jkaflagg - May 12, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Interesting situation…..while he was far better this year than in last year’s playoffs, I’m sure a lot of Blues fans may feel that one of the differences in the series was Kings goalie Jonathan Quick outplaying Brian Elliot despite his gaffes in Games 1 & 2…..Halak, on the other hand, has shown the ability to be a playoff difference maker in his Montreal days, but hasn’t been available to do that in St. Louis due to injury…..not sure Elliot or Allen have that same ability. I’m sure the Blues have a better feel for whether Halak will ever become that player again, but it would also be tough to trade him and then have him show up for another team in the playoffs, especially if it was a Western Conference team.

  9. murtdurt - May 12, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Calgary just found their kipper replacement

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