"On Jaroslav Halak, Jaro never at anytime said he didn't want to start against St. Louis," Walsh stated. "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."
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.