WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Allan Walsh, the agent to Capitals goalie Jaroslav Halák, just turned the knob on the pressure cooker in Washington up a notch, issuing a statement in response to coach Adam Oates telling reporters Tuesday Halák had informed him he wasn’t comfortable playing against the St. Louis Blues, his former team.
“We know the feelings when you go into your old stomping ground and it’s not always easy and you’re not always comfortable, at least the first time,” Oates said Tuesday, via Katie Carrera. “We talked to [Halak] and he just wasn’t 100 percent comfortable. Unfortunately this time of year and where we’re at, we can’t afford that and Holts has played great lately. We feel really good about that and Holts is playing.”
Halák was benched for Braden Holtby, and the Capitals went on to win 4-1 in St. Louis, staving off playoff elimination for another day.
Halák’s agent has released the following statement:
“On Jaroslav Halak, Jaro never at anytime said he didn’t want to start against St. Louis,” he wrote. “A private conversation between a player and coach should stay private and not be discussed with the media. I am bewildered that a coach would break that trust especially when those comments the coach publicly attributed to Jaro are not accurate. It’s the coach who makes the decision on who plays in the games, not the players.”
The Capitals were asked for comment, but declined.
More to come on this story.