Brian’s Pad of the Week: Halak Back (in White) in Germany
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: