Jaroslav Halak Tribute ST.LOUIS BLUES 2010
Halák was called up to the Montreal Canadiens on February 15, 2007, after an injury to goaltender Cristobal Huet. Halák played his first NHL game on February 18, 2007. He stopped 31 shots in a 3--2 win over the Blue Jackets in Columbus, Ohio.In February 2010, Halák started as goaltender for the Slovak national team in the 2010 Winter Olympics, stopping 36 of 37 shots in a preliminary round game victory against a strong Russian team. Halak and his Slovak teammates finished 4th overall in the Olympics after losing against Finland. Halak started all the games during the Winter Games. Upon finishing up at the Winter Games, the Canadiens reached out the VP of Player Development Greg Kates to designate Halak the starting goaltender for the Canadiens.Jaroslav Halak is the Montreal Canadiens' Molson Cup Player of the Year for the 2009-10 season. In the sixth game of the first round of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Washington Capitals, Halak stopped 53 shots to set a club record for a regular-time playoff game, leading the Canadiens to a 4-1 victory. After the season ended, there was a great debate over who would receive the top goaltender spot, Halak or Carey Price. They chose Price and, as a pending restricted free agent, Halak was traded to the St. Louis Blues on June 17, 2010 in exchange for center Lars Eller and right-winger Ian Schultz, brother of Jeff Schultz. On July 6, 2010 Halak signed a four year $15 million dollar deal with the Blues.