It's actually pretty similar to the one we had a few years back when rookie Carey Price eventually pushed Cristobal Huet right out of town, and now the same thing appears to be happening to him, though I doubt he'll be traded away for nothing the way Huet was.
Good for Halak, I say, and ultimately good for the Canadiens. I still see Halak as a valuable trade chip for the Habs, and the more he succeeds the higher his value gets. Price is this team's goalie moving forward, for better or for worse, and the team has some holes to fill up front. Those holes might be filled through Halak, who is proving himself (again) worthy of a starting job somewhere. Some would even say here in Montreal.
Of course, Halak and his mates will be facing a far tougher test tonight from the Rangers than they did against either Atlanta or the Islanders. The Rangers have scored a power play goal in each of their last eight games, and Marian Gaborik is proving just how talented he is when he's healthy, which is almost never. But the Rangers arrive on a two-game skid, and they're meeting a team that is starting to come together nicely. It might just be a perfect storm for the Habs.
I'm wondering how the Bell Centre crowd will welcome back Higgins. He didn't ask to be traded away, he always wore the CH with pride and gave everything he had on the ice, often times too much. But we was far from adored here because he was always seen as such an under-achiever, even though he was never projected to be more than a second-line, two-way winger.
Will he be booed every time he touches the puck? Will he be cheered if he scores a goal like Alex Kovalev was? I always liked Higgins, he truly took losing hard and was very candid in taking responsibility for his own poor play and telling it like it is when the team stunk. But as a player, he was a victim of expectations higher than his talent merited, and it wasn't all that surprising he was never able to meet them.