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Habs deal Halak to Blues

The St. Louis Blues now have a goalie who fits right into their youth movement, acquiring Jaroslav Halak fresh off his star-making playoff run for Montreal.

The Blues picked up the 25-year-old Halak, whose play helped the Canadiens make a surprise run to the Eastern Conference finals, on Thursday for a pair of minor league forwards, former 2007 first-round pick Lars Eller and Ian Schultz.

"When I got the news, obviously I was surprised," Halak said from Slovakia on a conference call. "I'm very happy to be a part of a new organization and I'm very excited about a new start. It's a new beginning."

Halak won a pair of Game Sevens and helped Montreal, the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, bounce heavily favored Washington and Pittsburgh out of the playoffs.

Elsewhere, the fourth time apparently was the charm for John MacLean.

A perennial candidate to lead the team he played for and coached as an assistant, MacLean was named the head coach of the New Jersey Devils, replacing the retired Jacques Lemaire.

MacLean was considered for the head coaching position with the Devils on three other occasions, but lost out to, in order, Claude Julien (2006), Brent Sutter (2007) and Lemaire (2009).


Clendening to go camping

Adam Clendening has a chance to represent his country close to home as the Niagara Falls native was picked Thursday to attend the USA Hockey national junior team development camp.

The 17-year-old defenseman is one of 44 players hoping to make the U.S. team for this winter's world junior championship to be held in HSBC Arena and Niagara University's Dwyer Arena.

The camp, to be held this summer in Lake Placid, includes nine players who won gold at the 2010 world juniors. The final roster will be named in December, just prior to the tournament.

Carr 26th; Sobolewski 57th

Bridget Carr of Snyder, who plays out of Crag Burn Golf Club, East Aurora, finished 26th in the 99th Women's Eastern Golf Association Amateur Championship that concluded Thursday in Scotch Plains, N.J.

Carr's 54-hole total of 244 (76-87-81) was 32 strokes behind the 212 (70-72-70) shot by champion Brittany Altomare of the University of Virginia.

Rene Sobolewski, a senior at Nichols School, shot a final-round 7-over 78 in the Rolex Girls Junior Golf Championship on Hilton Head, S.C. Sobolewski finished tied for 57th in the field of 76 girls.

From News and wire service reports.