Jaroslav Halak's agent has his back.
Halak did not get the start in the Washington Capitals' Tuesday night game against the St. Louis Blues amid reports that he had asked not to face his former teammates.
Allan Walsh - Halak's agent - released the following statement on Halak Wednesday:
"Jaro never at anytime said he didn't want to start against St. Louis. A private conversation between a player and coach should stay private and not be discussed with the media."
"I am bewildered that a coach would break that trust especially when those comments the coach publicly attributed to Jaro are not accurate," the statement continued. "It's the coach who makes the decision on who plays in the games, not the players."
Halak has been with the Capitals since the Mar. 5 trade deadline when the team acquired him from the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres acquired him from the Blues on Feb. 28 in the trade that sent goaltender Ryan Miller to the Blues, though Halak did not see any ice time as a member of the Sabres.
The 28-year-old netminder had spent the previous four seasons as a member of the Blues. St. Louis acquired him from the Montreal Canadiens in 2010 in exchange for Ian Schultz and Lars Eller. The Canadiens originally selected Halak in the ninth round (271st overall) at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
In 51 games with the Blues and Capitals this season, Halak has posted a 28-13-7 record with a 2.29 goals-against average and a .919 save perentage.