Jaroslav Halak's performance last season, particularly in the playoffs, had legendary hockey broadcasters like Sam Rosen and Mike Emrick repeating themselves more often than a damaged music CD.
"Glove save! Oh, what a save by Halak!"
"Another save by Halak!"
The saves kept coming, and so did the compliments.
The 25-year-old Slovakian goaltender captivated the city of Montreal, every hockey fan in North America and practically everyone associated with the game when he lead the eighth-seeded Canadiens all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals earlier this year. Along the way, his heroics also mowed down the top-seeded Washington Capitals and the fourth-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins.