I thought it was obvious by now that everyone including the city of Montreal should jump off the Carey Price train? No? Okay, yeah lets trade the guy who single-handedly got you to the Eastern Finals for the first time since the conference was known as the Prince of Wales.
The Montreal Canadiens traded Jaroslav Halak yesterday to the St. Louis Blues for 2007 1st Round draft pick Lars Eller and 2008 3rd Round pick Ian Schultz.
This was a great move by former Rangers’ goaltender and Blues President John Davidson.
Lars Eller is a center known more for his playmaking skills, but can score as well. He played his first and only 7 games last season for the Blues and is a pretty good prospect for Montreal. Think Ryan Callahan only a little bigger.
Ian Schultz is a winger who is more known with his physical prowess but has a decent scoring ability as well. The best comparison for him is to think of a more willing to fight Sean Avery.
Regardless, this trade is dumb when considering how much of a failure Price has become. Not only that, but you would literally have to be blind to not know what he did during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Even then, a blind man could have read his stats in braille and would have been amazed. We were all behind him, and most of us were shocked by this trade.
Some say the reason is because he becomes a Restricted Free Agent. The Blues are clearly going to match any deal that he is offered if a deal can not be made by July 1st. I think most of the hockey world would agree that Price should have been traded, but that subject is obviously moot now.
What do you think? Should Price have been traded? Or was it the right choice trading away Halak?
In the meanwhile, check out this ingenious and funny video. The song is a parody of Daniel Powter’s song “Bad Day”.