Believe it or not, Jaroslav Halak has resigned with Bob Gainey and the Montreal Canadiens to a two year, $1.5 million dollar deal, which will pay him 700,000k this season and 800,000k in the 09-10 season.
“Jaroslav has proven to be a quality NHL goaltender. He played very well for us when called upon over the past two seasons. He is young competitor with great skills and an excellent work ethic '' said Habs GM Bob Gainey.
A native of Bratislava, Slovakia, Halak was selected in the ninth round by the Canadiens, 271st overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He played in a total of 22 career games in the NHL, posting a 12-7-1 record, a 2.71 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.
Some questioned whether or not Halak would return to the Canadiens or sign with a team in Europeor Russian after limited NHL action during the past season, much like former teammate Alexander Perezhogin during the 06-07 off-season.
With this signing Gainey can now boast one of the most efficient, effective and affordable goaltender tandems in the league. Carey Price makes around $2.2 million after bonuses.
Also with this signing, comes the assumption that recently signed under achiever Marc Denis will not being staring as Carey’s back up as he will most likely be playing for the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL.
Halak is now the second restricted free agent to resign with the Canadiens, the first being Andrei Kostitsyn. I’ll be looking forward to hopefully having Josh Gorges, Ryan O’Byrne and Corey Locke joining the two. Mikhail Grabovski was also a restricted free agent but was traded last week to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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