Friday, June 18, 2010

Offseason surprise #1: Jaro Halak traded

And other Friday headlines

-Some of us enjoyed the irony of the star player of a team named the Canadiens was a Slovakian. Unfortunately, he has been traded for a Dane.

Just to inject a bit of reality into the situation, there was no chance that the Canadiens were going to be able to keep Halak. Some General Manager out there was probably willing to sign the guy to a ridiculous offer sheet, and why not? He brought both Montreal and Team Slovakia to the Final Four.

Halak said he was surprised to be traded, and I can think that this is probably the best way for it to have all gone down. The Canadiens get a couple of solid prospects in Lars Eller and Ian Schultz. Eller is 6'0" 198 lbs, and Schultz is 6'2" 205 and both are forwards.

In all honesty, the current Habs team probably wouldn't even make the playoffs next year. That Eastern Conference is a total crap shoot, so I'm going to go off and say this was a good move for Montreal, in that maybe their stop signs will return to normal, eliminating the Slovakian name on a sign that should only have two languages on it.

-Depending on Ray Emery's contract status, there's a chance that Danny Briere is the worst driver on the Flyers.

-Mike Weir is one stroke back at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach after the first round. Today's mission: put together a solid round to get in contention for the weekend, and then completely fuck it up with back to back 80s on Saturday and Sunday.

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