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Blues coach Hitchcock calls argument with backup goalie Halak 'everyday occurrence'

Sunday, 05.12.2013 / 3:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Blues coach Hitchcock calls argument with backup goalie Halak 'everyday occurrence'

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues Ken Hitchcock said it was no big deal that he and goalie Jaroslav Halak argued about playing time during the playoffs, calling it an "everyday occurrence."

Hitchcock also said Sunday that he didn't anticipate major roster changes after the Blues squandered a 2-0 series lead against the Los Angeles Kings and lost four in a row against the Los Angeles Kings after taking a 2-0 series lead. Addressing Halak, Hitchcock said he'd have been surprised if the goalie was unhappy about not getting used in the playoffs.

Halak is among three goalies under contract next season along with Brian Elliott, who started all six games against the Kings, and rookie Jake Allen.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Hitchcock and Halak clashed after the goalie was late for a meeting prior to Game 4. Halak didn't play in the playoffs after recovering from a groin injury late in the season.

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