If the reality of missing the playoffs was not enough to bear, Capitals coach Adam Oates and goaltender Jaroslav Halak were forced to address the controversy that surrounded Halak sitting out Tuesday’s game against his former team in St. Louis.
On Tuesday, Oates said he decided to start Braden Holtby against the Blues in part because Halak “wasn’t a hundred percent comfortable” facing his former team.
On Wednesday, Halak’s agent, Allan Walsh, issued a statement saying he was “bewildered” that Oates would make a private conversation public and misrepresent Halak’s feelings about facing the Blues.
“I’m not going to talk about that,” Oates told reporters in Raleigh. “You know what? I’ve always been honest with [reporters] from Day One and I was in this case.”
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Holtby turned aside 36 shots to earn a 4-1 victory over the Blues and is expected to be between the pipes again tonight against the Hurricanes.
Halak, who is in the final year of his contract, spoke to reporters, but when he was asked to give his side of the story, he replied, “There’s no story. It happened in the past. I got no comment. I’m happy we won the game. I have no further comment on it.”
Aasked if he authorized his agent to issue Wednesday’s statement, Halak said. “Whatever my agent says, you can call him. But like I said, I’ve got no comment.”
Reached on Wednesday, Walsh declined to comment further on his statement.