St. Louis Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak signs $15-million, four-year deal

ST. LOUIS – Jaroslav Halak is ready to be the next starting goalie for the St. Louis Blues.

He agreed to a US$15-million, four-year contract with the NHL team on Tuesday.

“Jaroslav will be a big help for our organization moving forward,” GM Doug Armstrong said in a statement. “He has made a great commitment to the Blues as he enters the prime of his career.”

Halak was acquired from Montreal last month in a trade that sent two prospects to the Canadiens. The 25-year-old became a restricted free agent on July 1.

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Halak was a playoff hero in Montreal in the spring after leading the Habs to the Eastern Conference final.

In 101 career NHL games, he a 56-34-7 record with a .919 save percentage and 2.62 goals-against average.

“I’ve been looking forward to playing in St. Louis ever since the trade was announced,” said Halak. “I believe in my abilities and hope to do some good things for the Blues.”

Also Tuesday, St. Louis signed tough guy Cam Janssen to a $600,000, one-year deal. That kept the sides from going to salary arbitration.