NHL Trade: Capitals Trade Pending UFA Jaroslav Halak To The Islanders

The Washington Capitals have traded pending unrestricted free agent goaltender Jaroslav Halak to the New York Islanders for a 2014 fourth round draft pick that originally belong to the Blackhawks.

The 28-year old Halak was drafted in the 9th round, 271 overall in 2003 by the Montréal Canadiens.

Thoughts from the media:

  • Pierre LeBrun: “Halak’s agent Allan Walsh and the Isles have already had a brief conversation about wanting to get a contract done. Mutual interest there.. “
  • Daniel Friedman: “Snow essentially traded Bouchard and Regin for Halak’s negotiating rights (4th round pick sent to WSH is CHI’s).”
  • Billy Jaffe: “Solid deal for the #Isles. Get a starter who should handle (and wants) 55+ starts. Now the other big key is to add legit defense & health”
  • Mike Hume: “Halak in an interesting position now. Clearly buyers market for goalies this summer, and Isles clearly invested after trading for rights”
  • Rob Vollman: “Halak cap hit was $3.75M, easily worth $4.5M, will he get $5.0M+ in NYI?”
  • Arthur Staple: “Jaro Halak’s agent @walsha tells me Halak “absolutely” has interest in signing long term with #Isles.”
  • Chris Johnston: “The #NYI are a great fit for Jaroslav Halak. I like the chances of them getting a contract done before he becomes a free agent.
  • Mike Halford: “This sets things up nicely for Braden Holtby… to lose the No. 1 gig to Grubauer next season.”
  • Patrick Kearns: “Halak, a good fit in Long Island. He’s a pretty good goaltender, if price is right, makes Islanders instantly better. Need good D men now.”
  • David Pagnotta: “The Islanders have not spoken to Halak and his agent yet, but negotiations will begin in the near future.”
  • Luke DeCock: “Potentially removes Cam Ward option.”
  • Katie Carrera: “With McPhee soon-to-be-former GM, assistant GM Brian MacLellan is handling trades, etc. for the #Caps.”
  • Todd Cordell: “Halak would be a good add for the Isles. He’s 7th in SV% since 2007. His .918SV% is tied w/ Rinne & ahead of Miller, Price, Quick, etc.”
  • Joe Yerdon: “Good deal. Fourth-round pick for a possible starting goalie? Do that all the time. If he doesn’t re-sign, big whoop.”
  • Joe Yerdon: “That would solve the Islanders goaltending issue if they could re-sign Halak. Worth burning a draft pick to do it.”

3 Comments

  1. grump

    May 1, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    He seems like too good of a goalie to be traded 3 times in a few months. I guess he’ll get a big contract and everyone is hesitant to pay him?

  2. Colin N.

    May 1, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Fantastic move by Snow. Burning a fourth rounder that wasn’t even ours for a legit NHL goaltender? Yes please. One move I could see them pulling this summer would be throwing a contract at Matt Niskanen

  3. hotwings

    May 1, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    since it seems likely that the Isles would keep this year’s 5th overall pick –Halak would be the band-aid that would prevent the Isles from giving up next years 1st or 2nd round pick