Mar 28, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (11) collides with St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) during the third period at the Scottrade Center. The Kings defeated the Blues 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Stanley Cup Playoffs 2013: Problems in St. Louis Blues Locker Room?

KTRS is reporting that the St. Louis Blues are dealing with more issues than being down in the series 3-2 to the Los Angeles Kings.

According to John Hadley:

After Wednesday night’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Kings, KTRS Sports Director John Hadley reports that the Blues are having issues behind the scenes.

Obviously, there are issues for the Blues on and off the ice–down 3-2 on the ice. KTRS Sports has confirmed that goalie Jaroslav Halak and Coach Ken Hitchcock got into a very animated and loud argument prior to game 4 out in LA, with Halak shouting profanity at Hitchcock. Furthermore, there are players on the team that noted earlier in the series, when Brian Elliot was hurt and down on the ice, Halak did not even begin to stretch.

Halak now finds himself in trouble with his coach and with his teammates. If being down 3-2 and going to LA isn’t enough, the team now has to deal with the fact that there is a legitimate issue in the locker room and that is the attitude of Jaroslav Halak.

KTRS has reached out to the Blues for a comment, but have not received a response.

If Jaro is becoming a problem in the locker room, what would happen if Brian Elliott was injured?  Obviously Halak has had a rough year and has failed to live up to the expectations of his coach and St. Louis Blues’ fans alike.  Let’s hope that this is just a reporter looking for attention rather than the actual situation.

Tune in tonight to watch the Blues take on the Kings in LA and hopefully tie the series at three games a piece.


-Alex Hodschayan

Tags: Brian Elliott Jaroslav Halak Playoffs St. Louis Blues

  • Jmg303

    I have a feeling the truth is somewhere in the middle. Everything I know about Jaro is generally calm, under the radar, and he’s a pretty nice guy. But after having a crappy year performance and health-wise, only to be okay near the playoffs and not get to play (largely because Ells earned it), he has to be frustrated- with himself and the situation. Also, Ells has three straight losses, and going by the system from the last two years and even last year’s playoffs (how it was supposed to go), he might believe he should get a go. Right or wrong, athletes want to compete and have a lot of pride- I’m sure it sucks, and I’m sure it sucks knowing he did it himself. A spat in a high-stress situation where a player wants to prove himself/help the team and a coach who think there is a safer/better option at the time, to me, it’s gonna happen.

    From what JR said today, he hasn’t noticed anything major in the locker room, and I would consider that major. A disagreement between coach and player isn’t new. Even if it got heated, even if it got mean, stuff happens. The drama of it all seems like scapegoat excuses, because to me, no coach or captain is going to let one team member cause havoc for long and still dress backup when another capable goalie is in the wings.

    Lastly, Jaro is likely on his way out. I’m not sure I agree on the whole, but I think we’ll be okay, and as a huge fan of his, I will follow his career elsewhere while still rooting on my Blues.

    • Alex Hodschayan

      Thanks for reading and for a great analysis. I agree that it is probably not as big of an issue as some will make it out to be. Ells has earned his spot and Jaro has to be frustrated. Thanks again and keep sharing your thoughts. We love hearing from our readers!

      • Jmg303

        Thank you. Jaro is a good goaltender and was actually quite good for us the last two years. I think the expectations put on his shoulders by his performance in Montreal were unrealistic and inconsistent with his stats and as a developing young goalie, even though he is very good and will continue to improve. As the system has changed and evolved, it may no longer be the best fit for him or the team, and that happens. Combine that with a goalie who has resurrected his career from the brink, and Im sure it’s overwhelming.

        Personally, I get tired of the hate on Jaro over Ells, especially when the same people were ready to ship him off to parts unknown a little over a month ago. This year has been weird, and unfortunately, a bad one for some which may prove costly. He’s my favorite player and I hate to see him move on (and I’m not totally convinced an Ells/Allen tandem is good- even with the results this year, and even though i like both of them, something just doesn’t quite sit right with me), but I adore him and my Blues- gotta do what’s going to be the best opportunities for both.

  • itsallaboutus

    GO KINGS GO!! Don’t miss the handshake tonight Blues fans!

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