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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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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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