But two of his former teams are in the news for goalie reasons: The Montreal Canadiens have declared Carey Price -- the man who made Halak expendable in Montreal -- out of the conference final due to an unspecified injury that everyone blames on Chris Kreider's crease crash:
Price was slow to get up and was wincing in pain, but after talking with the Canadiens trainer he remained in the game. However, he did not play the third period after allowing four goals on 20 shots through 40 minutes, including two goals in the final 61 seconds of the second period.
Elsewhere, it looks like Ryan Miller -- the man who took Halak's job in St. Louis, if only for a month -- will hit the free agent market after the Blues signed Halak's former tandem mate Brian Elliott to a three-year contract extension worth $7.5 million. With prospect Jake Allen's contract turning into a one-way deal in 2014-15, that leaves no room for Miller.
The Blues had bet Miller would be the "final piece," only to see their power play go dry in a first-round series with the Blackhawks, and Miller fail to play savior both in that series and the final weeks of the regular season when they lost their hold on first place and an easier first-round draw.
So Miller will hit a market that also features Jonas Hiller -- himself bumped by youngsters in Anaheim -- and Halak, if the Isles prove unable to get his name on a contract.
In Non-Goalie News
- Elliotte Friedman on the Penguins and other 30 Thoughts [CBC]
- In which Pittsburgh columnists blame Sidney Crosby for the Penguins' ills. [TribLIVE]
- R.J. Umberger has gone Nino on Columbus. Though he didn't have his agent email it. [Dispatch]
- Zemgus Girgensons demonstrates that spearing has gone international -- oh, but the IIHF actually suspends for it, unlike the NHL. [CBS]
- Also at the Worlds, Brock Nelson scored his fourth goal as the U.S. beat Finland, 3-1. [Isles]
- And one more at the Worlds: The Germans have taken out Alex Ovechkin. [Puck Daddy]
- At the Memorial Cup, Griffin Reinhart's Edmonton Oil Kings avoided falling to 0-2 after beating London, who instead are 0-2. [CBC | Sun] Great Latvian quote: "That game was super important for us because 0-2 is pretty much like not a lot of chance to make it," said Edgars Kulda, the Latvian who scored two goals including the winner.
- Finally, if you haven't seen it -- it's long, but easily searchable -- garik16 posts the results of neutral zone tracking on each Islanders player this year. [LHH]
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