It seems Jaroslav Halak can finally stop moving around now. The 28 year old goaltender has signed a four year, 18 million dollar contract with the New York Islanders.
Halak had initially been traded to Buffalo in exchange for Ryan Miller and Steve Ott in March but only spent a few days in Buffalo. He was traded to the Washington Capitals on March 5th where he remained for the rest of the season. The Washington Capitals acquired a fourth round draft pick in exchange for Halak. A draft pick that had been previously acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in February that saw the exit of forwards Pierre –Marc Bouchard and Peter Regin.
Jarsolav Halak has now been with four different teams throughout his career so far. He’s played for the Montreal Canadians, St. Louis Blues, Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals. During his 272 game span Halak has accumulated 30 shutouts and has an impressive record of 144-85-29. I believe his best years were with the Montreal Canadians.
Regardless, this is a wonderful pick up for the New York Islanders. He has plenty of experience and has shown that he can carry a team if he needs to. Halak has played in a total of 23 playoff games and had that wonderful break out year where he took the Montreal Canadians to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2010.
There is no doubt that Jaroslav Halak will be the new starting goaltender for the Islanders next season. He’s very quick, and he’ll excel with his new team. He’ll have to play way more games then he’s used to, but he’s ready for the challenge.
If the New York Islanders can persuade veteran goaltender Evgeni Nabokov to stay, the Islanders have a good chance of making the playoffs this year. The Islanders have a fairly young group of defencemen.
But now that Halak has come to Long Island he may be able to balance out some of that inexperience by providing some top class goaltending. Up to now, Halak has been on some fairly strong, balanced teams. It will be interesting to see how long it will take Halak to adjust to playing in the Eastern Conference again. Islander’s fans will be very pleased with this move and it will be interesting to see what kind of an impact Halak will have on his new team.
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