The St. Louis Blues announced on Tuesday that they've agreed to a contract with restricted free agent goalie Jaroslav Halak, who they acquired via trade from Montreal on June 17. From the team:
St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced Tuesday the club has signed goaltender Jaroslav Halak (Yahr-roh-slav, HAH-lak) to a four-year contract.
“Jaroslav will be a big help for our organization moving forward,” said Armstrong. “He has made a great commitment to the Blues as he enters the prime of his career.”
“I’ve been looking forward to playing in St. Louis ever since the trade was announced,” said Halak. “I believe in my abilities and hope to do some good things for the Blues.”
Halak, 25, was 26-13-5 in 2009-10 for Montreal and ranked 4th in the NHL in save percentage (.940), 9th in goals against average (2.40) and was tied for 5th with five shutouts. In his 26 wins this season he had a GAA of 1.68 and a save % of .948. He was 4-2-0 vs. the Western Conference with a GAA of 2.19 and a .928 save percentage.
According to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, Halak will get $15 million over the course of the four years. It's an average cap hit of $3.75 million, and the salary steadily rises from $2.75 million in 2010-11 to $4.5 million in 2013-14.