Slovakian goaltender Jaroslav Halak is on the move once again, getting traded to his fourth team since February thanks to a deal that will send him to the New York Islanders in exchange for a fourth round draft pick.
Halak had a strange year in the NHL in 2013-2014, having started the year in St. Louis before moving to Buffalo as part of the Ryan Miller deal, then moving from Buffalo to Washington in exchange for Michal Neuvirth before even playing a game. Despite being a popular item on the transaction list, he still managed to post a 29-13-10 record with a .921 save percentage and 2.25 GAA to go along with five shutouts.
The deal was a no-brainer for the Islanders. After it appeared as though any relationship between Halak and Washington was finished, acquiring the goaltender for a cheap price was a smart move by Garth Snow. With Evgeni Nabokov and Anders Nilsson likely heading off the island come July, as well as having no contract for Kevin Poulin just yet, the deal provides New York and option that could be effective in the long term. Even if a contract doesn’t come to fruition, it was a minor price to pay for a talented puck stopper.
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