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's something that you don't really envision starting this way, but when you put the work in you don't feel like it's unwarranted. You definitely don't envision it unfolding this way, but you do think you can be successful at this level.
— Senators goalie Andrew Hammond, who defeated the Jets on Wednesday to improve to 6-0-1 since making his first NHL start on Feb. 18