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Report: Canadiens offer goaltender Halak to Flyers

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TSN.ca Staff
12/15/2009 3:39:55 PM
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Montreal Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak wants to play more and it appears that general manager Bob Gainey is willing to accomodate him if the right offer comes along.

According to the sports media website ruefrontenac.com, Gainey offered the services of Halak to the Philadelphia Flyers, who lost starting goaltender Ray Emery for at least a month after he underwent successful surgery to correct an abdominal tear last week.

When asked whether he had formally requested a trade, Halak was non-committal.

"Maybe I did, maybe I didn't. It's between me and my agent so I'm not going to say yes or no. I have no comment on this," said Halak on Tuesday.

"I'm a young goalie, and Carey (Price) is a young goalie, so I'm pretty sure we both want to play. At the same time, I'm a team guy, and even if I don't play I just want to win, and get the two points. I want everybody to do good," added Halak.

Gainey told ruefrontenac.com writer Bertrand Raymond that he called the Flyers and told them he might have a goaltender available but the Flyers did not propose a deal.

The report indicates Gainey was looking for a top-six forward in return, but the Canadiens GM downplayed his demands.

"Let's be realistic," Gainey told the website. "I received a second round pick from the Washington Capitals for Cristobal Huet and the Flyers gave up a second round pick from Buffalo for Martin Biron."

"It's positive that some other teams are interested in me," explained Halak. "Bob called them, so I guess...what can I say? I'm happy to be here but at the same time I want to play."

Brian Boucher has taken on the role of starter in Philadelphia, with Johan Backlund as the reserve after he was called up from the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL. The Flyers claimed Michael Leighton off waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

"The first we heard of it was this morning," said Canadiens forward Michael Cammalleri. "I think it's too early to tell whether it's been a distraction or not, but it is what it is.

"Jaroslav has been real good for us all year, and if and when he plays again for us, he'll be good again," added Cammalleri.

Gainey also made it clear that the Flyers were not the only team he contacted in an effort to trade Halak.

"I took this step because it is Jaroslav's wish to have his chance to play," Gainey told ruefrontenac.com. "He feels ready to play a more important part."

"My contract is up after this year, but I'm still a restricted free agent," said Halak. "So whether they move me or not is up to them, it's not in my control. The only thing that I can control is the way I play, and that's the only thing."

The 24-year-old Halak is in the final season of a deal that pays him $800,000 per season.

Jaroslav Halak (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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