Jaroslav Halak has signed a 4-year, 15 million dollar contract with the St. Louis Blues as reported by Puck Daddy and Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos.
And therein lies the reason Halak wanted to leave Montreal. He knew the Canadiens were probably committed to Carey Price, and no team in this day and age can have two high-priced goalies in their budget. There’s no way Montreal was going to give Halak 15 million bucks unless they gave up on Price, which they weren’t prepared to do, and he understood that.
If it’s true Halak had said his goodbyes to his Habs teammates at the end of the playoffs because he knew he wouldn’t be re-signing, then all along he and his agent handled things properly with the outcome being exactly as they thought it might transpire. After all, he put on a 15 million-dollar performance in the playoffs.
Now, will Price sign for similar numbers with the Canadiens?
More details of the Halak signing can be found here: Montreal Gazette