Mar 24, 2013; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) makes the save on Calgary Flames left wing Curtis Glencross (20) while St. Louis Blues defenseman Roman Polak (46) is trying to defend during the third period at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Poll: Would You Take Jaroslav Halak for Ryan Miller?

They’re at it again.

Rumors of a Ryan Miller-to-St. Louis trade have been circulating for weeks now, and one player whose name keeps coming up on the St. Louis side of

things is goaltender Jaroslav Halak.   Part of these trade rumors are due to the fact that Jaroslav seems to be cursed with the injury bug, while some speculate St. Louis is willing to shop him because he and Blues coach Ken Hitchcock butt heads.    Then there is the fact that the Blues have two other quality goaltenders in Brian Elliot and Jake Allen, which makes Halak (who is set to become a UFA next July) quite expendable.

Forget the fact that this is just another round of rumors, which probably will never come true.  I get that.  Today’s question is simply this: would you take Jaroslav Halak over Ryan Miller today?

Injury bug aside, Halak is five years younger than Ryan Miller and has posted numbers that are as good as, if not slightly better than, Ryan Miller’s career regular season numbers.  (See Halak’s stats here; Miller’s, here.)  Granted, Miller has played more games in the NHL – but that’s my point: he’s got more mileage on him.  Halak still has five years to get to where Miller is NOW, and he has proven he is capable of being the starting goaltender, as opposed to Jhonas Enroth, the heir-apparent to Miller.

Of course, Halak is set to be a UFA next season, just like Miller, so this trade is a risky one, in the sense that Halak could walk come next July.  You can never discount the rash of injuries that plague a player, either; you don’t want to ship out a healthy goalie to bring in a guy who may never play a full NHL season again.

I like Halak – he was the player I highlighted in my Wish List series – and I think the Buffalo Sabres are an up-and-coming team who can offer someone like Halak a change of scenery and a chance to prove that he can be “the guy.”   I don’t think it would take much to convince him to remain in Buffalo, and he would be more than a worthy replacement to Ryan Miller, should he stay healthy.  For those reasons, I would take Jaroslav Halak and send Ryan Miller to St. Louis today.   I know it’s probably not going to happen, but for what it’s worth, I would be okay with it.

Your turn!  Vote, agree or disagree nicely, and have fun!

Would you take Jaroslav Halak for Ryan Miller?

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  • Yannick Cloutier

    Why….?!! just.. why? … Trading Miller is a chance to get some offense in return, thsi is the worst kind of trade that could happen.

    • Yannick Cloutier

      Get Tarasenko instead :) haha

    • Richard Spalding

      I’m still not 100% on board the Enroth train, and I would rather feel good about our goaltending than good about our offense and nervous about who is in between the pipes, I guess. :D

  • Malcolm Greenwood

    Enroth has yet to show he can run the team between the pipes. So to get a goalie back is a good idea. I know we got a goalie back when we let Pomminville go, but he needs time. We need someone now. We can get skaters back when we trade Vanek. Thing is, I wouldn’t trade Miller for Halak straight up, as, IMO Millers experience (play-offs, Olympics etc) beats out Halaks stats. Miller is proven, Halak is still proving himself.

    • Richard Spalding

      Miller may be worth more than Halak straight-up based on his accomplishments, but the longer Regier waits to move him, a player for player swap will be more likely than not.

  • qwicwted

    I think I would trade Miller/Stafford for Halek/Oshi or Helek/Stewart. While I really like Enroth, I’m just not sold on him yet. I know he played really well for Sweden in the World Championships, but I think have Halak to battle it out with Enroth or split duty would raise both goalie’s level of play. I know everyone wants offense, but you aren’t going to get that with Miller, we’ll get it via Vanek.

    • Richard Spalding

      I agree: moving Vanek would bring in offense, not Miller. I feel comfortable knowing Enroth is the number two guy . . . and that’s about it. Sorry, Jhonas!

      • Jes

        Jhonas will make all you naysayers eat your words. Halak would be nothing more than a number 2 on other teams. Have you seen the system St. Louis plays? There defense is stacked to the bone (Yah I said bone). No way he performs close to that on a team like the Sabres. Miller on the other hand would be stupid to even think of leaving St. Louis, to think what a team like that could do for a goalie like that. So I don`t think it`d be risky for the Blues to acquire him. I think getting Halak and then dealing him at deadline would be best. Something like Halak and Rattie for Stafford, Miller and 3rd rounder would be better for a young and upcoming team. Stafford would be a salary dump as would Halak for the Blues. So the trade really boils down to a 3rd rounder and Miller for Rattie. We`d definitely have to take back some money on Miller`s contract. I say to get a player like Rattie for an aging goalie and a guaranteed departure come UFA period would be unbelievable. It`s only one year left on his contract so honestly I`d take $3.5 of his contract to make it work for both sides money wise.

  • Malcolm Greenwood

    We all want Stafford to leave, but as been said abotu Vanek & Miller trades already, they only way any of them go, esp with all the cap issues this season, is if we eat some salary. and for stafford, I suspect that means us eating maybe half of it. (Jjust like we had to keep some of Pominvilles money). with Vanek/Miller at least it would only be for a season..

  • jimbobv2

    Miller for Halak is just shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic.

    It’s a pointless deal.

    Now if it’s Halak + futures for Miller with the Sabres retaining salary…..

  • wolfdoctor

    If the Sabres wanted a goalie, they would have been better off picking Fucale with pick #35 in the 2nd round when they had that opportunity.

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