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What was expected: After challenging for a medal in Vancouver in 2010, the Slovak team was missing some important forwards coming into the Olympic tournament. Vancouver all-star Pavol Demitra was one of the players who passed away in the Lokomotiv plane crash in 2011, and sniper Marian Gaborik was forced to miss the tournament due to injury.
Slovakia's best chance to stay competitive was with great goaltending from Jaroslav Halak.
What's been delivered: Disaster. Halak lasted barely half a game before giving up five goals to the U.S. in Slovakia's first outing. Then he allowed three goals on 31 shots in a loss to Slovenia. Backup Peter Budaj wasn't much better, so Slovakia turned to third-stringer Jan Laco for its last two games, a 1-0 shootout loss to Russia and a 5-3 elimination drubbing by the Czechs.
Halak leaves the Olympics with a 5.13 goals-against average and .857 save percentage.
Impact: After four years with the St. Louis Blues, Halak becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. His shaky Olympic performance won't boost the Blues' confidence that he's the man they want between the pipes in the playoffs. It will also hurt his market value if they try to swing a deal before the trade deadline on March 5.
Ultimately, Halak will feel this lapse in his wallet when he signs his next NHL contract.