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Canadiens Fans React To The Halak Deal

On SB Nation's Canadiens blog, Habs Eyes on the Prize, they're trying to make sense of the Jaroslav Halak deal. It's not often, after all, that a playoff hero is traded so quickly after the playoffs during which he makes his name. Our French Canadian correspondents, after some time to think the trade over, have voted thusly: 48% now agree with the trade, although 18% are still "mad as hell" and presumably will not take it anymore. 

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Author Robert L's takeaway is this: 

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In one tally of things, Halak fared no better against the Flyers this post season than Price two playoffs back. That is not a judgement on either goaltender. It might not even be a comparision.

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What it does assess, is that in front of either goaltender, against a particularly tough opponent, the Canadiens as a team, have not progressed. One could say, the Canadiens, as two very different teams in 2008 and 2010, did not get by the Flyers either time.

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In sum, with what was seen in these recent playoffs, improving the team can improve the goaltending.

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The Canadiens, faced with the prospect of losing a key free agent in Tomas Plekanec, decided to deal from their position of strength to strengthen the team. That is what good managers do for teams wanting to improve.

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In improving the team depth wise with this deal, it allows the Canadiens the chance to build and not step back.

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