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!