The St. Louis standout is also back in Brian’s pads, but not the same set he finished in with the Blues last season.
Halak, who joins fellow locked-out NHL goalies Jonathan Bernier and Rick Dipietro in Germany’s second division, made the switch to the new Brian’s G-NETik line for the upcoming season. As the video from his arrival at the German rink shows below, he also switched over to Brian’s Velcro-based Smart Strap system, abandoning the traditional leather straps entirely (but remember the G-NETik comes stock with both options, and a new system that makes it easy to switch back and forth between – or even combine – the two methods).
Fans of Halak’s previous graphics shouldn’t fret about this all-white set up Halak is wearing overseas right now. It’s only because of the uncertainty of playing in Europe, and there are plans for a custom look once he’s back with the Blues.
In fact, fans of Halak should just be happy to see him back in a game for the first time since suffering a high ankle sprain in the second game of the Blues’ first round playoff series against San Jose. The 27-year-old was 26-12-7 with a 1.97 goals-against average, a .926 save percentage and six shutouts in 46 games with St. Louis last season.
Here’s a closer look at Halak’s new 35+2 G-NETik pads, which he likes in a stiffer 1-2-1 flex option, both in the photos and video (it’s from German television) below: