Report: Halak offered to Flyers

According to a report by, Montreal general manager Bob Gainey offered the Flyers a trade involving goaltender Jaroslav Halak, when it was made public that Flyers’ goalie Ray Emery would be out for six weeks with abdomen surgery.

”I took this step because it is Jaroslav’s wish to have his chance to play,” said Gainey, who noted that the Flyers were not the only team offered. ”He feels ready to play a more important part.”

The original report had Gainey asking for a top-6 forward, but Gainey noted that wasn’t the case.

”Let’s be realistic,” Gainey told “I received a second round pick from the Washington Capitals for Cristobal Huet and the Flyers gave up a second round pick from Buffalo for Martin Biron.”

The Flyers did not tender an offer for the 24-year old, who carries a $775,000 cap hit.

On Tuesday, the Flyers picked up goaltender Michael Leighton off waivers from Carolina.  Leighton will replace Johan Backlund as the back up until Emery returns.

Halak is 6-5 this season with a 2.91 GAA.

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