Carey Price Becomes Crucial as Canadiens Trade Jaroslav Halak

Svyato RovenchukSenior Writer IJune 20, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - MAY 16:  Goalie Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens comes in the game in the second period to replace Jaroslav Halak #41 of the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wachovia Center on May 16, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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On Thursday, Montreal Canadiens’ General Manager, Pierre Gauthier made a big move when he trade goaltender Jaroslav Halak. Here is the trade made:

To Montreal Canadiens

  • Lars Eller (C)
  • Ian Schultz (RW)

To St. Louis Blues

  • Jaroslav Halak (G)

Jaroslav Halak had a tremendous postseason this year when he led the Montreal Canadiens through a fairytale run to the Eastern Conference Final. Halak’s stock truly went up when that wrapped up. Many considered his value very high—much higher than the value of two prospects.

High pressure will now be on Carey Price, who will take over the starting goalie job for the Montreal Canadiens. He will have to do a lot to make them forget about the magical run they had with Halak and will have to demonstrate some serious goaltending ability of his own to reassure Montreal fans that Pierre Gauthier made the right choice in sticking with him.

In my opinion, it should have been Price leaving town.

Jaroslav Halak has obviously proven himself a capable starting goalie for any team and Carey Price has proven himself to be a choke artist at many times. Halak was a beast during the playoffs and for Team Slovakia during the Olympics. He should’ve gotten the nod over Carey Price in the Montreal goaltending controversy.

I understand you need to clean up some cap, but is getting rid of an elite goaltender really the best way?

Well, I’m going to turn to the positives for a second if you don’t mind.

Carey Price is still growing as a goaltender. He was a great goalie for Team Canada at young levels. If we could see that guy emerge in Montreal again, the Habs will indeed have themselves a solid starter in Carey Price.

I think it would be smart to bring in a veteran goaltender to backup Carey Price, similar to what Toronto is trying to do with Jonas Gustavsson and Jean-Sebastian Gigeure.

There are also a few great veterans becoming available during free agency. Gauthier could bring one of them in and have him teach Carey Price a thing or two about the NHL.

After the 2010-11 season, we will know what Carey Price is made of. We will see if Pierre Gauthier did indeed make the right move when he traded away their starter.

We’ll see if Carey Price is capable of being the Montreal Canadiens’ number 1 guy between the pipes, or if he’ll choke under the lights once again. So many questions will be answered at the end of the next season.

Carey Price, I wish you the best of luck between the pipes for the Montreal Canadiens. I think you’ll need it!

This article was originally posted on The Sports Dossier under the name " Montreal Canadiens Pick Carey Price As Their Go To Guy; Trade Jaroslav Halak ." Check out more great pieces from our talented staff of writers.

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