Jaroslav Halak’s agent, Allan Walsh, isn’t happy with Adam Oates after the Washington Capitals coach told reporters Tuesday the netminder wasn’t comfortable playing his former team, the St. Louis Blues.
“He just wasn’t 100 percent comfortable [playing against the Blues],” Oates said several hours prior to the Capitals’ 4-1 win.
Walsh said in a statement Wednesday he was disappointed in how Oates handled the situation and that his client never said he didn’t want to start.
“A private conversation between a player and coach should stay private and not be discussed with the media,” Walsh stated. “I am bewildered that a coach would break that trust, especially when those comments the coach publically attributed to Jaro are not accurate.”
Halak was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres at the March 5 trade deadline, just five days after the Blues traded him as part of the Ryan Miller deal. Halak told reporters Monday he was looking forward to going back to St. Louis for Tuesday’s game and added he wasn’t happy he was traded in the first place.
In 51 appearances split between the Blues and Capitals — the 28-year-old Slovakian didn’t play a game during his short stint with the Sabres — Halak is 28-13-7 with a .919 save percentage and 2.29 goals-against average. He is slated to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2013-14 season.