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NHL Rumors: Flyers interested in Jaroslav Halak

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

The Flyers might be interested in Jaroslav Halak. (USATSI)
The Flyers might be interested in Jaroslav Halak. (USATSI)

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At this point, it would probably be easier to simply list the goalies the Philadelphia Flyers don't have an interest in because they seem to be connected to every goalkeeper in the league.

The latest name to turn up in their rumor mill: St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak.

CSN Philadelphia's Tim Panaccio reports on Friday that the Flyers have made inquiries to Blues general manager Doug Armstrong regarding Halak's availability. Halak has split time the past two seasons with Brian Elliott and is in the final year of a contract that will count $3.75 million against the salary cap.

More from Panaccio:

St. Louis isn't sure about what Halak's price tag will be on re-signing. Even more difficult for the Blues is that Elliott also has a year left and is making far less money -- $1.8 million -- but will be seeking starter's coinage next summer.

“The Flyers have been told it's going to take a very good player, but it won't take one of their top guys, which Philadelphia was worried about,” the source said. “He could be their No. 1.”

Halak only appeared in 16 games this past season and put up some of the worst numbers of his career, posting a .899 save percentage for the Blues. He's due for a pretty big bounceback season in 2013-14 as he's a significantly better goaltender than what he showed a year ago.

He burst onto the scene during the 2009-10 season when he was still a member of the Montreal Canadiens and took over for Carey Price, leading the Canadiens to a surprising Eastern Conference finals appearance as the No. 8 seed, knocking off both the Presidents' Trophy winning Washington Capitals and defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

He was traded to St. Louis the following offseason for Lars Eller and Ian Schultz.

The Flyers have a pretty glaring hole in net after buying out the remainder of Ilya Bryzgalov's contract earlier this week. That leaves only Steve Mason on the roster, and he's probably not the answer. Along with Halak, the Flyers have also been connected to Ray Emery, Evgeni Nabokov, Jonathan Berner (before he was traded to Toronto) and even Roberto Luongo, though that was probably more speculation and "what if" talk given their cap situation.

Panaccio also mentions that former Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, who sat out the 2012-13 season and went into hiding, is "intrigued" by the possibility of playing for the Flyers.

 
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