There has been a lot of talk since the St. Louis Blues were eliminated from the NHL Playoffs about the rift between goalie Jaroslav Halak and Coach Ken Hitchcock. Hitchcock said that it was an “everyday occurrence” and I must say that is a concerning thing heading towards next season. Halak didn’t get to start a single game during the team’s six-game series loss to the Los Angeles Kings, and I would be very surprised if he is back with St. Louis when next season arrives.
Halak played in 16 games during the regular season with a 6-5-1 record and a sparkling 2.14 goals against average. He missed 12 games with a groin injury and Brian Elliott took over the position. Elliott would start every playoff game for the Blues which was expected, and I’m kind of surprised that Halak was complaining this much about it. It’s not like Elliott was bad in the series and needed to be replaced. You aren’t going to pull a goalie that gives up 12 goals in six games. It is only two goals a game, and you need more from your offense.
I’m sure Halak can find a new job possibly in a place where they will make him the starter from day one. I fear that there is more to these daily arguments between Hitchcock and Halak however, as there have been reports that Halak was late for a meeting prior to Game 4 which probably was the tipping point to this. It may be time to move Halak and his $4.5 million salary before next season begins so this doesn’t happen again. You can’t have things like this happening on a daily basis.