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Report: Flyers interested in Jaroslav Halak

Jun 28, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

Jaroslav Halak AP

The Flyers’ hunt for a goalie to replace Ilya Bryzgalov is about to heat up.

Tim Panaccio of reports the team is interested in St. Louis Blues netminder Jaroslav Halak. According to his source, the price to get him won’t be a killer.

“The Flyers have been told it’s going to take a very good player, but it won’t take one of their top guys, which Philadelphia was worried about,” the source said. “He could be their No. 1.”

Halak’s season in St. Louis ended quietly as Brian Elliott took over for them in the postseason. There was a report about a confrontation between Halak and coach Ken Hitchcock towards the end of the season, but inside sources have told PHT no such thing occurred.

Nonetheless, Blues GM Doug Armstrong has called the Blues situation in goal “cloudy” as Halak would be in competition with Elliott and youngster Jake Allen.

Panaccio says the Flyers are looking at a lot of goalies to fill their needs this summer. Among them: Tim Thomas, Roberto Luongo, Jose Theodore, and Ray Emery.

  1. kastout11 - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    I have no interest in Luongo, but a Halak/Mason competition might make training camp interesting. I did like what I saw from Mason at the end of the 2012-2013 season, but I am not sure I am 100% sold on him being our #1 in Philly.

    • bcsteele - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      And as a Blues fan I’m on board. Allen and Elliot did great for us and even if Elliot shows some issues like last season, the youngster showed he can carry the load for awhile. With Halak’s cap hit and us needing to ink our RFA’s, I would see a trade as a win – win for both teams.

      Both teams walk away better financially and each would have solid 1a – 1b goaltenders. I’m down.

  2. 19to77 - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Don’t forget attempting to convince Dominic Hasek and Ron Hextall to come out of retirement. The latest word is that they’ve hired a necromancer to summon from beyond the ghost of Jacques Plante.

  3. einjzmolf - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Armstrong bringing in younger talent in net to try to push Halak? Halak in confrontations with Hitchcock? This story rings a bell. Ahem, Ed Belfour. Sounds like the beginning of the end for Halak!

    • Windmiller4 - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      If he goes to the Flyers it really could be the beginning of the end.

      • twpguy1964 - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:49 PM

        What an enlightening answer … I bet you can tell the story of philly fans booing Santa too.

  4. mrminkus - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    LOL, The Flyers will leave no stone unturned until they find the next big bust in goal!
    I love the Flyers. They are the NHL’s hoover, sucking up waste and leftovers from all over the league and storing them safely where they will never win anything of substance ever again.

    • ibieiniid - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:07 PM


      stfu dipsh** and go back to your self-blowie.

      • nach0mancandysandwich - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        you gotta admit. the flyers are HILARIOUS!

    • hockeyfan28 - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      Haters gonna hate

    • tackledummy1505 - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:27 AM

      Lol well whatever your team might be is a joke or you’re just an idiot. Over the last 20 years (yes 2 decades) only the Red Wings have made more playoff appearances. That means the Flyers have had a good shot at winning the cup and no we never get any help from the league to get there either. Ie: this lowering the cap bull crap so teams like Nashville, Pittsburg, San Jose, and many others can stay in contention with teams like Philly, Chicago, New York Rangers, and Toronto. Other wise Crosby would’ve gotten out of dodge cause that cry baby would be looking for the highest bidder who would give him another shot. So even playing in this low budget, small market cap so the Pens can stay competitive league we’re still making the playoffs every year and we don’t sell out seasons to get top picks like many other organizations. Going to be great when we win the cup, cause everyone will be on the Internet hating and crying that we won. It’s only a matter of time when our young guys just start to dominate the league. Also there won’t be a shorten season next year to save the teams that were collapsing at the end there. I would love to hear what all of you have as favorite teams lol jokes

  5. orangeandblack67 - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    If we were going to raise anyone from the dead it would have to be Pellets Lindbergh

    • tackledummy1505 - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:31 AM

      Agreed, man could’ve put up better career numbers than Bernie Parent.

  6. buddysguys - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    just trade Sean Couturier for Miller straight up……pleeeeeeeease.

    • dku5 - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      Miller has had a higher GAA with a just slighlty better SV%. I don’t buy into the Miller hype at all.

      • dku5 - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:28 PM

        Sorry, I should have been more specific. Miller’s stats are comparable to Bryz. Miller’s GAA is much higher than Halak’s, but Miller faces more shots and has a much better save average. I don’t see much of an upgrade with Halak or Miller, unless they are a stop gap.

    • jimw81 - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:51 AM

      Sean Couturier,colburn and pick for hiller and ryan

  7. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Getting Luongo would cement there chances at NOT winning a Stanley Cup anytime soon…unless you count NHL 13

  8. zwilhelm16 - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Simmonds for Halak straight up?

  9. orangeandblack67 - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Simmonds for Halak really?? What are you smoking?

  10. narfmoo12 - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Why trade for Halak when you could sign Emery, Thomas, or Luongo (assuming he’s bought out) without giving up anything?

    • cardsandbluesforever - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:42 PM

      Halak would be a better deal, he has a shorter contract than Luongo, and would cost less than either Thomas who is a proven Stanley cup winning goalie or Emery who is coming from a Stanley cup winning team.
      also if they trade for Halak it wont technically cost the Flyers anything money wise to get him depending on who they send in return.

  11. twpguy1964 - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Love all the trolls whining about the Flyers finding a goalie…. Doesn’t it ever get old whining about the same issues? I’m not even a Flyers fan and I’m sick of the same old arguments by people simply because their not smart enough to debate a topic sensibly.

  12. nach0mancandysandwich - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    I went into a coma the day after Ron Hextall retired and I came out today. HAVE THE FLYERS STILL NOT FOUND A GOALIE!? LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!

    • sizzle299 - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:38 PM

      You came out of something with all those “LOL”s

  13. spetznaz777 - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    i hope this deal happends, its a win win for both sides.

  14. breezes99 - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    My opinion on the flyers moves.. For goalie just grab Thomas or Emery from free agency and have them split time with Mason, and as for the draft I think they should trade Mezaros and #11 pick for a top 5 pick

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:24 PM

      I’d love it if Mez and 11 would get the Flyers into the top-5 but I don’t think that’s realistic. Teams at the top of the board are asking an arm and a leg for their spots, and Mezsaros has the equivalent value of a late round pick right now. Maybe the 11th, Coburn, and a 2nd or 3rd would move them up a few spots, but probably not top-5.

      Personally, I think Halak would be an ideal candidate to split time with Mason. He’s already used to it (from splitting w Elliot) and his cap hit is pretty low for a potential starter. Holmgren wouldn’t have to trade too many assets either. And if Mason takes the job you let Halak walk after the season. Go get it done Homer.

    • dku5 - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      Just go grab them? It is not as simple as that, and Emery had a career season. He is not going to go 17-1 with a sv% of .922. Also, he is a UFA, so he can go anywhere there is an offer. He might look at teams that did not already give up on him.

      Thomas is 39. Thomas has been inactive for a year. His salary request will be near $5mm for 4-5 years. At best he would just fill the gap until they can find a franchise player.

  15. sizzle299 - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Would you even trade the 10th pick for Mez and the 11th?

  16. jimw81 - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    this is just spin from flyers. they know what goalie on ufa market they are going after.

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