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Halak signs to play with German club Lausitzer

Wednesday, 11.21.2012 / 11:30 AM / News

NHL.com

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak has signed with Lausitzer of the German Bundesliga for the duration of the work stoppage.

Halak, 27, went 26-12-7 last season, with a 1.97 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and six shutouts. He and teammate Brian Elliott shared the William M. Jennings Trophy as the goalies who allowed the fewest goals in the League.

A 2003 ninth-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens, Halak is 109-67-21 in 204 regular-season games with the Canadiens and Blues, with a 2.43 GAA and .918 save percentage. In 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games, he's 10-11 with a 2.42 GAA and .923 save percentage.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery