The Canadiens have traded goaltender Jaroslav Halak to the St. Louis Blues.  If true, the Canadiens have re-asserted their committment to Carey Price as their top goaltender moving forward.  

The Canadiens will get 6’1″ centre Lars Eller and 6’3″ – 208 lb. right winger Ian Schultz in return.  

lars eller

The 21 year old Eller was  the first Danish-born player to be taken in the first round of the NHL entry draft (13th overall in 2007).  He played seven games this season for the Blues, scoring two goals.   Last year with the Blues AHL Peoria farm team Ellis scored 28 goals and 57 points in 70 games, the second highest scoring total among AHL rookies.  .  He also showed an aggressive streak with 84 minutes in penalties. Eller was the AHL’s rookie of the month in March and was part of the AHL’s 2009-10 All Rookie team.  During the month he had 7 goals and  10 assists and was plus-8.  His development was hindered by a training camp bout of mononucleosis.  E(ller’s career stats here)

Schultz was drafted 87th overall in 2008.  He was co-captain of the Hitmen.  Schultz completed his fourth year with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL this past season scoring  24 goals and 31 assists in 70 games.  He recorded 130 minutes in penalties.  He was involved in 18 fights during the past season.  He is the brother of the Washington Capitals Jeff Schultz.   (here’s the statistical book on Schultz)

Halak is a restricted free agent who would be looking for a contract in the neighborhood of four million dollars.  Last season Halak had a 2.40 goals against average and a .924 save percentage.

ESPN.com’s Pierre Lebrun tweeted this –

Halak has not signed with Blues.  Halak’s agent, Allan Walsh just told me.  Walsh also said Habs never contacted them after the season.