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Canadiens trade G Halak to Blues

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -The St. Louis Blues have acquired goaltender Jaroslav Halak from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forwards Lars Eller and Ian Schultz.

The 25-year-old Halak was red hot in the postseason, leading his team to the Eastern Conference finals by winning two Game 7s and bouncing heavily favored Washington and Pittsburgh out of the playoffs. He won three straight games and eliminated the Capitals by stopping 131 of 134 shots.

Blues president John Davidson announced the move Thursday.

"Jaroslav?s play in this year's regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs was remarkable," Davidson said. "He has had very impressive numbers in the NHL and we are thrilled that he will be wearing the Bluenote for us."

Halak, a Slovakian, was originally picked by Montreal in the ninth round (271st overall) of the 2003 entry draft. He was 26-13-5 last season and ranked fourth in the NHL in save percentage (.940), ninth in goals against average (2.40) and was tied for fifth with five shutouts.

St. Louis missed the playoffs last season and was just 18-18-5 at home, among the worst marks in the NHL. Chris Mason got most of the starts in goal for the Blues, sharing time with Ty Conklin.

Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier will get two players who toiled mostly in the minors last season.

The 21-year-old Eller played in seven games with the Blues in 2009-10, scoring twice. He spent most of time with the Blues? AHL affiliate in Peoria, Ill.

The 20-year-old Schultz played for the WHL's Calgary Hitmen last season. His older brother, Jeff, plays with the Washington Capitals.

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