I just watched TSN reporting that Jaro Halak has asked to be traded. The network then proceeded to show a clip of Halak saying yes, he'd like to play more. But he likes Montreal and supports the team because the team winning is more important than who gets the start in the net. Sure, he said, he'd welcome the chance to play more, even if it meant playing more in another city. But he reminded everyone that Gainey makes those decisions, not an RFA goalie, and hell do what he's told. I can understand his desire to prove himself in a bigger role. He's earned a shot.
So, from that TSN gets that Halak has asked to be traded? Okay. I guess it's TSN's version of "the truth." Not surprising, when it comes to the Habs. This is the network that can't show any player highlight unless he's scoring against the Habs, or, in the case of a goalie, stoning the Habs. All Habs-based video shows a Canadien being stymied by Toskala, or, in the case of Price, allowing a Kessel goal or three.
I've already read comments from a bunch of Habs fans, dumping on Halak for his lack of team spirit and his alleged stated desire to bolt Montreal. He's getting cursed for reducing his trade value by letting the rest of the league know he's given Gainey a formal trade request.
I've seen the same video TSN is using to deduce Halak wants out. I don't quite come to the same conclusion, though. I hope, if Gainey *is* planning to move Halak, that the Canadiens get a solid return for him; something more useful than Halak himself is to the team right now. If that's not in the cards at this time, I feel confident Halak will suck it up and shut his mouth for the sake of the team, as he's been doing for the last two seasons.
There's no ultimatum here, and I'd like to see Canadiens fans collectively take a minute to listen to what he actually said before crapping on him.