SBN's take on the Jaroslav Halak trade

So now the details have come out on what the Montreal Canadiens will get in return for Jaroslav Halak's RFA rights: center prospect Lars Eller and right-wing prospect Ian Schultz. Hockey's Future has already updated their Habs page and Eller goes straight to the top of their center depth chart.

As for our sister sites, there's already response on both SBN sites. From St. Louis Game Time:

In return, the Blues ship back Lars Eller and Ian Schultz.  While I am upset to see a prospect like Eller go, the Blues were in dire need of a solid starting goaltender.  Chris Mason put up solid numbers for us in net, but his propensity for softies and the occasional wonky move, he also became a lightning rod of derision.  This gives St. Louis a solid starter in net, one of the best back-ups in the league, and a good and growing defensive corps.  Remember those blown couple goal leads and one goal losses that kept us out of the playoffs?  There's hope now that's a thing of the past.

From Habs Eyes On The Prize:

Habs fans will surely be shocked and angry at the unforeseen developments, but by all appearances Gauthier has managed to gain for the organization a pair of worthy youngsters aged 19 and 20, who could help the team in the short term and cost little in the process.

And for their respective fans? Montreals fans at Eyes On The Prize seem to have let the initial shock value wear off and are looking at the upside of Eller in their lineup while being realistic about Halak's cap ramifications. Blues fans at St. Louis Game Time are generally ecstatic with getting Halak but recognize that they lose a potential gem in Eller -- you have to give to get, as one commenter says.

For more from each side or to join in the ranting, be sure to visit Habs Eyes On The Prize and St. Louis Game Time.

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