The St.Louis Blues bolstered its goaltending this off-season with the acquisition of Jaroslav Halak, easily the best goaltender in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs. While the Blues were eliminated from the post-season play relatively early, the team still feels the bad taste from being on the losing end of a 1st round sweep to the Vancouver Canucks.
In that series, Roberto Luongo outdueled counterpart Chris Mason, and the defense couldn't hold up the Henrik-to-Daniel Sedin combination. As a result, the Blues have not won a playoff games for quite some time.
Doug Armstrong and John Davidson made sure this off-season they are going to either sign Chris Mason to a marketable contract extension with a strong back-up, or add a real time goalie who can be counted on to steal hockey games. Apparently, the Blues and Canadiens have been in negotiation for quite some time, and finally the Blues got the guy they have wanted.
Jaroslav Halak will now play behind a defense held up by Erik Johnson, Eric Brewer, Barret Jackman, Alex Pietrangelo, and Carlo Colaiacovo. Young players upfront would enjoy the change as well as they can freely turn up the wheel up ice and go for the game tying or game winning goal.
As a invested hockey fan, I am surely excited to see Jaroslav Halak display his glove saves on the rest of the Western Conference teams.
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