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Blues GM voices support for Halak, insists goalie will be given chance

Feb 27, 2014, 11:56 AM EDT

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Jaroslav Halak is “going to have the opportunity to show what he’s capable of,” says Blues general manager Doug Armstrong, per the Post-Dispatch.

Which would seem to lessen the probability that St. Louis addresses its goaltending prior to Wednesday’s deadline. Say, by getting Ryan Miller out of Buffalo.

According to Armstrong, Halak deserves the opportunity to show he can get the job done in the playoffs — an opportunity that injuries haven’t allowed so far.

“Jaro has been our starting goaltender for exactly two playoff games,” Armstrong said. “He hasn’t failed.”

Maybe not, but his play at the Olympics was far from a success, despite the reasons (excuses?) coach Ken Hitchcock gave for that.

It’s always hard to take general managers at their word at this time of the year, when it’s all a big poker game with other GMs. That said, Halak was solid in his first game back with the Blues, stopping 34 of 35 shots last night in a 1-0 loss in Vancouver, upping his save percentage to a respectable .917.

St. Louis takes on the Ducks Friday in Anaheim.

  1. bcsteele - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Everyone forgets about Elliot too. I know he’s not the best in the league but he wasn’t even close to being the reason for us getting bounced by L.A. the last two years. He was awesome.

    That said, Halak did look good last night and if he has slowly improved all year if you look at his save %. Maybe he can catch some of the magic he pulled for Montreal a few years ago, because if he can, the Blues will be force come play off time.

  2. nflfan4now - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    the quote about he “hasn’t failed” forgot the last word, “YET”.

    and he did fail in the Olympics, but I guess we can forgot that…

  3. gtthom86 - Feb 27, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    I can understand the blues not wanting to give up future picks or prospects for a rental, and halak has had good starts mixed in with the bad recently. Honestly though, Miller is having one of the very best seasons of his career behind the worst team in hockey and has been locked in all year. Its his contract year, he’s got something to prove and it shows… I think he’s worth renting to a team with any questions in net.

  4. flyerspsu - Feb 27, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    I think the Blues should trade for Miller

  5. bluesdroogie - Feb 27, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    The goal given up last night was a bad one. He was off his angle and was beat by a shot he should have saved. He did play well last night but that one mistake cost us. I think it is time we get a solid number 1 and bring Allen up. Trade Jaro and Stewart to buffalo for Miller with a sign and trade type deal. Also send us a pick or 2. That would Give room next season to bring up Jaskins full time and Rattie if he is ready. Then it would open up spending room for Sobotka, Schwartz, and possibly Roy with the pending departure of morrow. Then sign a gritty 4th liner and try to get rid of Lapierre. We could also put the CPR line back together as a 4th. We all know how those guys can play.

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