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Hitchcock says Halak is healthy and ready to start

Aug 19, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Remember the rumors of there being issues between Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak and coach Ken Hitchcock at the end of last season? There was even talk that it could lead to the goalie being moved this summer.

Turns out all was well with Halak and he’s healthy and ready to get started on a new season as Hitchcock tells Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“He’s a really young guy and you don’t want to have an injury-plagued career. So he wanted take the question marks out of it by having a really high fitness level. He’s done a really good job of finding that fitness level.”

Part of the talk of that discord last season centered around him not getting into games late in the season. As it turned out, he just wasn’t 100 percent healthy.

Even more encouraging for Halak was the talk from Hitchcock how he didn’t lose his starting job because of his play but because of his health. Since there will be three-way competition to play in St. Louis between him, Brian Elliott, and Jake Allen, things are looking up for Halak.

  1. endusersolutions2013 - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    So there will be competition, and sometime during the pre-season or regular season, someone will be traded to a team with goaltending problems or a season ending injury.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      Hitchcock handled a two goalie tandem very well in 2011-12, but just isn’t enough starts to keep 3 goalies sharp.

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