Maybe Montreal will nurture Carey Price into the all-world goaltender he’s been expected to become for years now. But for now, the Bruins have to be pleased that the hated Canadiens have decided to go with Price over Jaroslav Halak.
Today the Habs dealt Halak, a restricted free agent, to St. Louis for two prospects. So much for rewarding a guy that led your eighth-seeded team to the conference finals and playoff series upsets of top-seeded Washington and defending Cup-champion Pittsburgh.
More pertinent, the Bruins no longer have to worry about facing Halak as often as they did the last few years when Boston and Montreal would meet eight, and more recently six, times a season as division rivals. While Halak’s win-loss record is just 5-3-0 vs. Boston for his career, he also has a 1.99 goals-against average and two shutouts to his credit against the Bruins. Price has had similar success against Boston with a 9-2-2 record, but his GAA against the Bruins is 2.39. Plus the Bruins got the better of Price in the ’09 first-round playoff series.
The wealth they would have had to bathe Halak in had they kept him now can be put to better use by the Habs. That’s something for the Bruins to worry about. But until we see how Montreal spends its extra cash, we can now declare the Halak deal a victory for the Bruins.