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In late-breaking blockbuster, the Capitals have acquired notorious Caps-killing goaltender Jaroslav Halak for Michal Neuvirth.

Halak earns $3.75M as a UFA until the end of the season. He was acquired by Buffalo for Ryan Miller last week. Halak’s lifetime save percentage is .917. His playoff save percentage against Alex Semin is 1.00.

Neuvirth began his pro career with the Caps organization. He sports a .910 career save percentage and earns $2.5M per season through 2015, when he’ll be a UFA.

The Capitals have also given a 6th round magic bean to Buffalo. Actually, the Caps have been given a third round pick. Even better.

UPDATE: R. Klesla is now a Buffalo Sabre too. Even more of a salary dump!

This is big. Goodbye, Neuvy.

From the Caps:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 5, 2014

Capitals Acquire Jaroslav Halak and Third-Round Draft Pick
in the 2015 NHL Draft from the Buffalo Sabres for Michal Neuvirth and Rostislav Klesla

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have acquired goaltender Jaroslav Halak and a third-round draft pick in the 2015 NHL Draft from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for goaltender Michal Neuvirth and defenseman Rostislav Klesla, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Halak, 28, has posted a record of 24-9-4 with a 2.23 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage in 40 games with the St. Louis Blues this season. Halak currently sits ninth among NHL goaltenders in wins, 10th in goals-against average and third in shutouts (4).

Through his eight NHL seasons in Montreal and St. Louis, Halak has played in 260 career NHL games, earning a 139-81-26 record with a 2.38 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. Additionally, Halak has appeared in 23 career playoff games with Montreal and St. Louis, posting a record of 10-11-0 with a 2.42 goals-against average and a ..923 save percentage. Halak’s career shootout save percentage of .711 ranks ninth among active goaltenders with at least 25 career shootouts.

The Bratislava, Slovakia native was awarded a share the William M. Jennings Trophy in 2011-12 for achieving the league’s lowest goals-against average (1.97). During that season, Halak ranked fifth in the NHL in goals against average, seventh in save percentage (.926 – career high) and tied for fifth in shutouts (six). Along with goaltender Brian Elliott, Halak tied a modern day NHL record for a goaltending tandem with 15 combined shutouts, surpassing the Blues’ mark of 13 set in 1968-69 by Jacques Plante and Glenn Hall.

Neuvirth, 25, has posted a 4-6-2 record with a 2.85 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage in 13 games with Washington this season. Klesla, 31, collected four points (one goal, three assists) and 24 penalty minutes with the Phoenix Coyotes this season.

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  • Alex Hughes

    And Here comes goaltender controversy #5 this season. Great, just when you thought the Caps finally found their #1 in Holtby. Unbelievable.

  • Blair

    I’m heartbroken. I don’t think I’ll be able to watch the game tonight.

  • HP

    Good, now they have a consistent goalie

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett
  • David Weichert

    I 100% called this trade. Surprised it wasn’t talked about more.

  • Rob W.
  • Myan

    Did we somehow talk Buffalo into retaining some part of his salary??

  • Abhi

    I used to work at the Ballston Mall Noodles and Company. Sometimes Neuvy would come in with a lady and order a large pesto cavatappi.

    It’s not poignant or anything, that’s just what he did.

  • Freedoooom

    Now for the fun of Neuvirth finishing the season with a higher SV% than Holtby and Halak.

  • Joe

    I hate, hate, hate this trade.

  • brian!

    Acquiring a rental goaltender at the deadline? Ask Olaf Kolzig how that worked out.

  • ThrowmetheWHIP

    This isn’t so bad

  • Jake Ettawakapow

    http://static1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100420185754/finalwords/images/b/bf/Wave_bye.gif
    Bye Nuevy, Thanks for all your hard work for the Caps Organization.

  • rusamur

    so what’s happening with the cap then? any other players involved?

  • Alex Hughes

    Well lets all give Halak a chance and see what he can actually do. Maybe Neuvy can get the starting job in Buffalo and finally be a #1.

  • Batman

    Ugh

  • Diller M

    poo

  • Troy

    Guys, nothing against Holts, just this season it hasnt worked out having him as a #1. Probably because of the defense, but still we only lose a non-factor (neuvirth) and remember we still have Gruby, and know a POSSIBLE brick wall in Halak… Great trade, but D men is still a HUUUUUGE problem.

  • GetchaGrubbOn

    This trade is four years too late.

  • Lawrence

    I think overall I like the trade, but there is still a ton of questions to still be answered. Will Halak be anymore consistent than holtby? Will our defense be any better than what it has been? Does this make our future with holtby worse? Did GMGM make this trade because of his performance against us with Mtl (there is a reason that Buf traded him, Halak hasn’t shown that talent since those playoffs)?

    We can’t answer some of these questions until the end of the season.

  • GetchaGrubbOn
  • GetchaGrubbOn

    What we need is more questionable goalie play behind the net.

  • StChem

    Anybody figure out how they’ll have room under the cap for Kuz after absorbing Halak’s number? Capgeek shows only $61k under right now. Don’t think that’s going to cut it.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    I’m not poo-poo’ing this deal, but I don’t see much logic in it – beyond GMGM moving a guy who didn’t want to be here anymore. We basically traded a guy still under team control and with a good, affordable deal for a slightly better, more expensive guy who’s about to be a UFA. Plus we also gave away a (mostly meaningless) 6th round pick.

  • GetchaGrubbOn

    http://a.gifb.in/112010/1290165802_jaroslav-halak-scores.gif

    Good news, guys. He’s a natural goal scorer.

  • Owen Johnson

    I don’t care whether or not he’s good, because he singlehandedly destroyed our franchise. I don’t like him. On the bright side I guess he owes us a Cup

  • prut

    is he a lefty?

  • MojoAlmost

    Yeahhhh we traded neuvy for… cap space. Way to blow it at the end there gmgm.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    GMGM sticks to his word of dealing guys who wanna leave.

    Plus he opened up 6 M for next season and got a significantly better G down the stretch.

    I like it!

    (Neuvy cost me 700 bucks)

  • Scott Mallon

    Grubauer is coming up soon, Neuvirth was the odd man out. Solid trade for this year to try and make the playoffs.

  • brian!

    Better question: can we play him on the 4th line?

  • SpacePirate

    At least we know Halak is unstoppable in Chinatown.

  • JenCo

    #Sabres acquire G Michal Neuvirth & D Rostislav Klesla from @washcaps in exchange for G Jaroslav Halak & a 3rd-round pick in ’15.

  • Jason W

    Buffalo Sabres@BuffaloSabres Retweeted by Darryl Haberman
    TRADE: #Sabres acquire G Michal Neuvirth & D Rostislav Klesla from @washcaps in exchange for G Jaroslav Halak & a 3rd-round pick in ’15.

  • GetchaGrubbOn

    It still hurts

  • Sasha Kahn

    It’ll be hard to have any kind of good stats playing on Buffalo…

  • William

    To be honest, while we still lack shutdown defense that will take us deep into the playoffs, GMGM did a good job at the deadline. All that was given up got a better return.

    Edit: Halak is a UFA at the end of the year-not smart.

  • yv

    It is prorated ELC contract, somewhere around 100K$ Caps will find room, they seems already have 61K$ under cap, plus someone will go on LTIR, while for playoffs no cap.

  • David Weichert

    They should be fine on cap space. Halak is only $1 mil more than Neuvy and caps had $1.8 mil to play with.

  • GetchaGrubbOn

    Well, it’s been fun, Klesla. Thanks for the memories.

  • X

    I really wanted to see what klesla could do with the caps.

  • yv

    That means Caps have plenty of room to have Kuzya.

  • GetchaGrubbOn

    So the only defense we picked up this week was immediately shipped out. Solid solid choice.

  • StChem

    CSN reported it would be a $900k cap it, but I’m not prepared to stand behind that, I like your number better.

  • Sandra Dee Lee

    Good night, sweet sweet cat prince…

  • Buck

    I was actually proud of George for once. And of course he does his best effort to make the worst of it

  • Guest

    He was traded to the Caps for cap reasons.

  • Russell Kay

    Wait, didn’t we JUST get Klesla?

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    flipped it!

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    We hardly knew ye.

  • Guest

    Why is everyone so against it? If we make the playoffs we know what this man could do.

  • Jonah

    how about as a blue liner?

  • Rob W.

    what is our cap situation like now?

  • David Weichert

    Why? Not like he has one to wave around.

  • Jonah

    NHL network on the fly talked about it like 4 times. guy sounded like a talking head who had no idea what he was talking about. good to know gmgm listened to him

  • JenCo

    So that’s it? Right, gang? Nothing else up the old trade sleeve, GMGM?

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    depends on Grabo and LTIR

  • scrubversive

    You guys know what a day of GMGM making good decisions means, right? He has to make a miserable one to counterbalance his hockey karma. McPhee’s Third Law is proven science.

  • David Weichert

    Your first mistake was watching NHL on the fly.

  • Jonah

    pnemonia a snow day, and i finished all of house of cards. sue me.

  • Roy Schue

    Halak is not slightly better, he is a lot better than Nuevy

  • JenCo

    Also, I will be glad if Marty didn’t get traded. He deserves to go out a Devil. Especially since they are making a playoff push.

  • Georgoroth

    Do not doubt that the noisome incantations of Georgoroth proceed apace.

  • Matthew Kory

    Halak’s plan to destroy the Capitals organization has now entered Phase 2.

  • David Weichert

    When in doubt, Futurama marathon.

  • Michael Worth

    so we didnt get any defense in the trade…….so holtby still gets hung out to dry

  • JenCo

    John Travolta? Is that you?

  • Jonah

    at least this one can stop it!

  • oryp

    So how did our D improve for the playoff push? That’s right, it didn’t. The Top 4D issue is gonna become the next 2C dilemma, now that that’s finally solved.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    Meh.

  • Scott Mallon

    God and I had just ordered my Klesla jersey too. What a shame. Glad to have a Cap Killer on the Caps (For real)

  • Eric Schulz

    GODDAMN IT!

  • yv

    By adding Klesla Caps have freed almost 5.5M$ while getting 3.75M$ of Halak. So good exchange plus 1.5-2M$ left to sign Kuzya.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    Update: We got a third round pick back and dumped Klesla. This deal has officially gotten more shrewd.

  • Dmitry

    Could be worse. At least we’re not the Islanders.

  • GetchaGrubbOn

    http://i.imgur.com/pXZOCh9.gif

    IT’S A CIRCUS, Y’ALL!

  • Eric Schulz

    Don’t worry; we’ll let Grabovski walk, GMGM isn’t about to let the 2C dilemma be resolved.

  • Owen Johnson

    /.-( emoface

  • http://benjaminclarkmusic.com Andrew Clark

    Grubauer is better than Neuvy, and Halak is better than either… even if we only have Halak the remainder of this season, he’ll help for sure in the playoff push. I understand we wanted defensive depth, but I do not see how this was a bad move.

  • riggorules

    And open up solid cap space for next season

  • Dave

    The biggest myth in Caps history is that Halak almost single-handedly won that series against the Caps. He was very good, but the team defense in front of him was blocking shots and limiting good opportunities. It’s like how Holtby looked amazing behind defensive Hunter hockey in his first playoffs. There’s a reason Montreal immediately dumped him right after that season. I predict the Caps porous defense will make Halak look not much better than average.

  • RESmith

    This trade is going to come back and haunt us. Goaltending wasn’t a problem, lack of top 4 defensive D was. Nothing against Halak, he is a good goalie, but he is a rental. Cristobal Huet here we go again!

    (Also, Grubauer might be ready, but we don’t have any solid prospects in goal behind him. After this season, our goaltending depth will be as shallow as it has ever been.)

  • Roy Schue

    You can find a clip of every goalie making a mistake. So what is your point.

  • Eric Schulz

    Awful, awful trade. Halak is NOT an upgrade; losing Klesla DOESN’T help our HUUUUUUGE problem…

  • Alex

    That’s going to be one awkward locker room for a while…

  • riggorules

    He also Halak’d the Penguins in the second round, FWIW

  • Jack Conness

    Posted something. Regret what I said. I have to look more into this trade before I comment lol

  • Eric Schulz

    We already had enough to play Klesla and sign Kuznetsov… all we needed to do was move Neuvirth for picks (2 2nds, maybe?).

  • Owen Johnson

    2010 was our best chance to win one. And because of THIS GUY we were “forced” to change our style and change personnel in a way that closed the window FAST.

  • Michael Worth

    its ok theyre playing for the bottom to get that #1 rebuild pick

  • Eric Schulz

    Which we did already, by moving Erat, acquiring Penner, and oh yeah, the cap is going up anyway; we would’ve been fine without this last, disastrous trade. Yesterday ended on a positive note; today fucking blows.

  • yv

    yes, which seems will go up for 7M$, and freeing space for Grubi in goal.

  • dylan wheatley

    good trade

  • StChema

    Just to close the loop – Klesa’s inclusion gets us a projected $3.1M under.

  • Eric Schulz

    I know what he can do: be hung out to dry by a horrible defense in front of him. Just like any other goalie. Good to see we don’t give a FUCK about fixing the biggest problem on the team.

  • Eric Schulz

    We already did.

  • scrubversive

    Hey there good buddy. Glad to see you here again. Fouling up my dreams for a brighter tomorrow with your demonic machinations.

  • Roman Z.

    I think I’m also one of the only ones who is satisfied with the deal. I really think he’s a huge improvement over Neuvirth. I remember when he brought the Habs the closest they’ve been to a cup since 93, and then got traded at the end of the season. One of the many reasons I’m not a fan of my hometown team.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Really impressed with the fans’ reactions this week!

  • Eric Schulz

    We had 2 million in cap room before the trade with Klesla in the minors… Neuvirth cost $2.5, Halak cost $3.75… um, looks like we took on cap space.

  • Barrett

    Not really an upgrade here at all…what’s the point?

  • Eric Schulz

    If you compare it to the Forsberg trade, yeah, it’s not *that* bad.

  • Georgoroth

    @MayHockeyCSN smells of Old Spice and innocence. Really glad to be here today. #dashedhopes #iwillriseagain

  • Tom

    How has this not been added yet??? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vscWM7qiYg

  • peach

    Putting aside my dislike for GMGM, I think he did a good job of making the team better than it was yesterday without giving up any future players. Plus the cap space for this off season looks much better.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    1. it’s an upgrade
    2. Neuvy wanted out
    3. dumped salary for next season
    4. yolo

  • PetePetePete

    I think McPhee has done well for us and I’m pleased but it’s going to be very hard to root for J. Halak in the coming weeks.

  • yv

    More clicks, more clicks are good for sites, yes!?
    If you open game chat you will have ton of them every game!

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett
  • Eric Schulz

    NOPE! Neuvy is better than Grubauer, and roughly equivalent to Halak. We ADDED defensive depth… then traded it so that we could make a lateral move in goal… that also required us taking on salary… wow, this move was monumentally stupid… not Forsberg-for-Erat stupid, but by normal standards, it was an idiotic move.

  • Marky Narc

    Well, at least Halak won’t kill us in the playoffs this season.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7fjDS0jKiE

  • Barrett

    So, why not move him for picks? What does Halal give us when he walks in FA?

  • http://benjaminclarkmusic.com Andrew Clark

    Anyone know who will suit up as the backup G tonight?

  • VeggieTart

    Grubi did the exact same thing a week and a half ago against Syracuse.

  • Ross Herman

    Well unless he doesn’t stop shots

  • GetchaGrubbOn

    I would imagine Grubauer. Hershey to Philly isn’t a long haul.

  • PetePetePete

    Halak’s career statistics make Halak look not much better than average.

  • VeggieTart

    This guy is UFA at the end of the year; he probably won’t re-sign, and Grubi will come up.

  • riggorules

    Brett Leonhardt

  • http://plus.google.com/+jayrushing Jay Rushing

    Regarding salary cap, did anyone else catch McPhee just now mumble “we had to keep some of his salary” (regarding Erat trade)?

  • Roman Z.

    I’m getting Sinbad the Sailor vibes from this pic

  • Eric Schulz

    This trade is one of the many reasons I hate GMGM. Halak is .007 better than Neuvirth… playing behind a MUCH better team, and MUCH better defense. Yeah… he’s not a HUGE improvement, nor is he an improvement at all.

  • Brendan Whalen

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kt1TLpMxHro

    Grubi just did this right in front of all of us in Hershey on the 22nd. Check out the 1st goal.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Uh no.

    He made 131 saves on 134 shots. That’s a 3-game .977. He was inhuman. That’s not myth, that’s revelation.

  • PetePetePete

    Future dollars to spend on players for whom we will all collectively clamor this summer, like Grabo.

  • gustafsson16

    Klesla was never going to play. The guy was already waived this year by Phoenix and no one claimed him and was to report to Hershey with Brown.

  • Eric Schulz

    We’re *worse* than we were yesterday. We took on cap in order to make a lateral move in goal, and lose some recently-acquired defensive depth (the only thing this team obviously needs in spades).

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    I did not! Will investigate.

  • Owen Johnson

    To a lot of people the verb Halak means “when a goalie stands on his head to pull a win out his ass.” To me, it means getting all your hopes and dreams dashed in an instant. For instance, “when my dream job rejects my application the same day my wife left me and my cat ran away, I was Halaked.”

  • Roman Z.

    How do you feel about this ex-Montrealer coming over?

  • MCR

    Noooo. Not our Neuvy!

  • Eric Schulz

    1. NOT an upgrade
    2. So what? Move him for picks or prospects
    3. We ADDED salary in this trade; Neuvy for picks actually IMPROVES the team AND dumps salary
    4. Rolo

  • yv

    Dont forget that Caps have urgency of moving out Erat and less Neuvy, whom not many if any teams wanted. Essentially GMGM finally flipped them for Halak and without any future obligations.

  • riggorules

    I woudn’t describe Klesla as defensive depth, he was a pure salary dump from Phoenix that went straight to Hershey.

  • Roy Schue

    I am assuming you are a big Nuevy fan. Because this was a good trade.
    1 it was an upgrade in net
    2 klesla has not been the same since taking huge hit early in the year…he was not an answer for the D problems.
    3 Grubi is ready for the backup next year
    4 opened up some more cap space for next year
    5 Nuevy didn’t want to be here = good riddance

  • Eric Schulz

    We moved Erat; we acquired Penner; the cap is going up next year. We already opened up enough space to resign Grabovski. This trade was unnecessary.

  • Jason Smith

    Anyone know why Vanek went so cheap?

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    1.YES an upgrade. .917 is higher than .910. This is not up for debate.
    2. eoqgw
    3.
    ewgweg
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    4

  • Georgoroth

    You misheard. It was actually “spiritus”, which is to say that we have retained a portion of his vital essence to fuel our vile necromancy.

  • Shaun Phillips

    Sherlock and Americans here for me.

  • Eric Schulz

    1. .007 better on a team that is superior, with a VASTLY superior defense. Of course his save percentage is better… that slight, miniscule difference doesn’t cover the difference between playing in front of 3 top-4 d-men vs 6 top-4 d-men.

  • http://benjaminclarkmusic.com Andrew Clark

    Is this a guess or do you know for sure?

  • Eric Schulz

    Obviously, you haven’t looked at our roster in a while.

  • http://plus.google.com/+jayrushing Jay Rushing

    Thinking about it, it’s possible he said “we’d’ve had to keep some of his salary” as in would have because he was talking about wanting to have moved him when he first requested it. Monumental hasn’t posted the video yet.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    you’re my favorite right now

  • Dmitry

    Because Snow. He probably asked for every first round pick ever. Everyone else said “well then we’d rather try for Kesler/Gaborik/Moulson.” Then with 5 minutes left, Montreal said “we’ll give you a guy we didn’t even bother bringing over from Sweden and two worse picks than the two you gave up for him and that you don’t even get if we don’t make the playoffs.” And it was that or nothing for Snow. Brilliance.

  • Barrett

    Neuvirth wasn’t worth anything because Oates benched him for 2 months and had Grubauer start. You can showcase a goalie to offer as trade bait when he’s riding pine.

    I’m not against moving Neuvirth, it’s just that what they got in return is a lateral move from actually just keeping him. I would have rather seen multiple draft picks than to bring in yet another time share goalie to pair with Holtby. Halak didn’t take the #1 from Carey Price or Jake Allen in St. Louis….that’s why both teams traded him…

  • riggorules

    Either way, Halak and Neuvy are not going to be here next year, so what’s the big deal on swapping them now? My guess is GMGM got more now (3rd rounder) for Neuvy than he would have gotten this summer.

  • Jason Smith

    Ah. That explains it. Thanks.

  • riggorules

    Dude was put on waivers. Caps, or any other team in the league, could have had him for nothing.

  • riggorules

    Guess

  • Roy Schue

    Nuevy can’t even stay healthy. When is the last time the caps could count on him. He had one good year 2010-11

  • Eric Schulz

    The big deal is A) we moved the only defender we acquired, and that’s kind of our only real need, and B) we should’ve moved Neuvirth for picks or prospects, because we will want those guys in the future. This is GMGM’s problem: he won’t evaluate the team properly. He’s making moves to win NOW… b/c we’d be much better off slipping into the playoffs and getting crushed, instead of evaluating the team and realizing we can be great in a year or 2 if we are patient and smart.

  • SpacePirate

    We’re looking at 17.8M for next year.

  • Eric Schulz

    So? If a guy is an upgrade, I’m not gonna turn him down because he was free.

  • yv

    on capgeek it is pure contracts. GM might said this if w/o Klesla then understandably Caps would need to keep some Erat salary. But with Klesla no problem.

  • Georgoroth

    We have favored you for many years, sweet Petorius. The dulcet cries and wails of your trade deadline coverage have pleased our membranous apparati. Your lamentations of “playoffs” have brought about such pleasing stridulations. When we rise soon from beneath the Potomac, you shall be among the first to join our unseeing choir. Georgoroth ave!

  • Eric Schulz

    Halak: paragon of health.

  • riggorules

    Not sure why you’re so high on Klesla. The Caps don’t need another “depth” d, they need a rock solid top 4 d, which Klesla certainly was not.

  • peach

    How can you honestly believe Neuvirth for Halak is a lateral move? Nuevy has proved over and over again this season he cant stay healthy. This gives us a proven back up or number 1 depending on how the two play. Halak has a proven track record of stealing games and series in the playoffs. Penner we got for MP 85. I really don’t see what your so depressed about. We cleared up cap space for the off season so we can sign grabovski and probably get a few other players. Plus our buyout. I mean as far as I’m concerned it really couldn’t have worked out any better. At least we didn’t trade away one of our future stars for an overpriced defenseman who would mortgage the teams future more than it already is.

  • Eric Schulz

    I assumed we were gonna call him up after we moved a guy to make room for him; I assumed we were gonna move Neuvirth for a pick and prospect, or multiple picks, thus freeing up cap room.

  • salgotnv

    I’ll probably get flamed for this but I wish we could have dumped Holtby instead.

  • gustafsson16

    A clip or 2, sure. With Holtby its already a series of unfortunate events.

  • Eric Schulz

    1 – No, equal
    2 – We don’t have an answer; Klesla deserved a chance more than anybody else we’ve mistakenly trotted out
    3 – Yes
    4 – Nope; moving Neuvirth for PICKS and/or PROSPECTS would’ve opened up cap space AND made us better for the future… I prefer trading guys, instead of dumping them
    5 – He didn’t want to be buried; nobody would. I wish him the best; just because he wants to play doesn’t mean we should move him for nothing. He is a young, cheap, starting goalie. He’s worth more than NOTHING NEXT YEAR.

  • kuznetsov

    So basically Buffalo traded Ryan Miller for Nuevy – why didn’t we get Ryan Miller instead?

  • Eric Schulz

    We ALREADY HAD ENOUGH TO SIGN GRABOVSKI! We moved Erat, we acquired Penner, the cap is going up next year. That ship ALREADY sailed. Neuvirth SHOULD’VE netted us returns FOR THE FUTURE! Picks, prospects, AND CAP SPACE. Instead, we got back NOTHING! (This year, we aren’t going to make any noise; MAYBE we lose in the first round). So… that’s not much return. Next year, Halak is gone. What a stupid way to move a young, cheap, starting goalie. We could’ve gotten, minimum, a 2nd rounder for him and a Galiev-level prospect. That is worth more to this team than Halak. It’s called roster evaluation. We won’t do anything this year; we aren’t THAT far away though. Address the future.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    THAT IS WHAT I GET

  • Eric Schulz

    I’m high on Klesla because I’m a Caps’ fan, and I’m used to watching our defense.

  • Roy Schue

    Didn’t hear holtby request a trade when he was sitting in favor of Grubi. And if you want to go back a year or two when he dissed Holtby before the season started. Doesn’t seem like the best team player.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Well now I’m scared

  • Eric Schulz

    He was the one playing when Grubi didn’t… Neuvy DIDN’T PLAY; Hotlby PLAYED LESS. You see the difference? And, trading somebody who wants out for SHIT just doesn’t make sense; you trade him for a return commensurate with how the OTHER TEAM values him, not with how YOU value him.

  • peach

    I mean I agree with you that we need to address the future and that we probably aren’t going to win the Stanley Cup this year. I think your assuming entirely to much to say we wont make the playoffs or that will be out in the first round. I think both moves we made, were made by a GM who is on his way out the door and didn’t want to make any high profile moves that would definitely cost him his job after say trading away Forsberg for Erat. I think your expecting way to much back for a goalie that hasn’t been healthy all season and has not played very many games, but what do I know I don’t write in all caps.

  • Hyusis

    Eric Shulz is mad m’kay

  • Guest

    this team…

  • JH

    Can someone make a sad Neuvy / Hello Kitty image? As a farewell? And then we need a logo for Halak – I’m thinking some crazy Uruk-Hai weapon that kinda sorta looks like a goalie stick.

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  • DC Hockey Nut

    I can understand why you’d want that. That being said, I believe Holtby has more upside than Neuvy, though it’s kind of a kick in the gonads for Holtby considering he’s likely to be permanent backup from this point forward. Neuvy wanted out of washington months ago, and as far as comparing Halak to Neuvy, Halak’s the clear improvement. Klesla being included in the deal was an iffy call, but w/ Hillen’s imminent return we’ll be doing better defensively than we were.

  • JH

    Yeah everyone’s forgetting about Hillen. That, and Holtby is a pro – let’s not worry about his eggshell ego. He’ll be fine.

  • Eric Schulz

    I don’t necessarily think we have no chance of making the playoffs; I just don’t think this trade moves the needle in that regard. Adding Penner, adding Klesla, those helped.. this, not so much.

    Yes, GMGM is on his way out the door… because of the Forsberg deal, and others like it. If he would be patient and make the smart move, instead of panicking, his job security would be fine.
    Yes, I use caps for emphasis; I’d use italics, but I don’t think that option is available to me. At least my grammar and spelling are correct: you used “your” instead of “you’re,” AND “to” instead of “too.” Glass houses, bitch.

  • Roy Schue

    They didn’t dump him. At the time there was so much debate over trading him or Price

  • Chris Cerullo

    To quote Ovi, “It’s history!!!”

  • Eric Schulz

    And sad… and disappointed… and really, really, really eager to see GMGM gone.

  • matt
  • peach

    lol YOU”RE entirely to upset about all this, sorry when I am typing on my phone I’m not as worried about grammar, I’ll make note of that for next time ;)

  • Dave

    My impressions of Halak in 2010 and Holtby in 2012 were that the goalies were getting a bit too much credit considering the quality of shots that actually were making it through to them.

    Montreal was a defensively responsible team committed to blocking shots and taking away shooting lanes, but that’s difficult to prove with just the box scores. Certainly though, not all shot attempts are created equal (or even average quality of shot attempts in a playoff series).

    He made some good saves, and I know that goaltenders can get hot for short periods of time, but I believe any observer of that series noticed how good their team defense was at limiting quality shots, and certainly any goalie’s numbers benefit from a better defense in front of them.

  • Chris Cerullo

    Had to spend a few years in St. Louis to truly disguise what he’s been planning all along.

  • Eric Schulz

    I just feel that certain things need to be emphasized, and it’s easy to do when speaking; not so much when typing. I choose to use caps; you were the one who started it by attacking that (completely logical, if understandably annoying) choice.

  • Roy Schue

    I think you fail to realize, he doesn’t have much value. He had one good year 4 seasons ago and has been average and oft injured since

  • riggorules

    KLESLA DID NOT HELP ANYTHING (other than the cheap Coyotes who dumped his salary)

  • DC Hockey Nut

    I will add the caveat of that being said, we’re not *that* much better than we were… <_<

  • Eric Schulz

    We used him to acquire Halak; he clearly has SOME value. I would just have MUCH rather seen him moved for picks and/or prospects… that would’ve freed up cap room in the immediate future, AND helped in the more distant future (plus we’d have the prospects to move in the interim, should we feel we were close to contending).

  • riggorules

    They got a third rounder from Buffalo included.

  • JH

    Penner is a big upgrade.

  • Eric Schulz

    We took on salary THIS SEASON by adding Halak; I thought we needed to dump Neuvirth’s salary in order to make room for Klesla (I don’t care how down on him people are – now that we’ve moved him – he’s an upgrade on Erskine and Carrick, at the very least), and to free up room for Kuznetsov. I would much rather have added picks/prospects that equaled Halak’s value (I’d guess something like 2 2nd rounders).

  • BrazGoalie

    Neuvy unfortunately wanted to go(I would want to go if I was him). That is the only reason I agree. Also Halak was playing for St Louis, they are not that great this season. So I am expecting Halak to take over the net and doing a more consistent job. Especially because he’ll be FA next season, so he will be asking for more money.

  • Eric Schulz

    I know.. if only we would’ve given him a chance… so sad.

  • riggorules

    I disagree with your premise that Klesla is an upgrade over much of anything. Not sure where you’re getting that from. I think Buffalo and Washington took him in deals quite reluctantly.

  • Rhino40

    Better check Jaro’s bank accounts to make sure he isn’t receiving vast, untold sums via wire transfer…
    …from Pittsburgh.

  • Eric Schulz

    On Erat? He should be a better fit stylistically, and he’s certainly cheaper, which means that we can now afford Grabovski next year (because we saved all of Erat’s salary, as Penner is a UFA)… but that doesn’t help us on the ice now. Not a huge upgrade, although he is a big dude…

  • Roy Schue

    Halak has played more than 40 games in 4 of the last five years. Nuevy has done it once. He also had plenty of opportunities to step into the number one but got hurt every time or was already hurt and the opportunity was missed

  • BrazGoalie

    Worst than Forsberg for erat is impossible. It will be in the records for a very long time…

  • riggorules

    The Sabres won’t even play him, he’s done as a player.

  • JH

    When you factor in a couple other adds, I’d say this team, on paper, is materially better than a week ago. The question is, can they gel quickly and win urgently to make the playoff run. And next year, they’re a scary team.

    We get:
    Penner at 1L or 2L
    Kuzya at 2L
    Hillen at 2D or 3D

    Halak at G

    We lose:
    Erat
    Neuvy

  • Rhino40

    Maybe I’m just shell shocked and paranoid…

    …or maybe, this deal smells just a little too much like <a href="http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/2011/12/13/warm-tidings-to-the-honourable-gentleman-jaromir-jagr/"the last time we traded for a talented Czech player who had tormented the Caps organization for years…
    Be afraid. Be very afraid….
    (I really, truly hope I am wrong about this).

  • Myan

    I don’t even know what this guy looks like.

  • Eric Schulz

    We were gonna get Kuznetsov and Hillen either way. So, we flipped Erat for Penner; I love the move, but 90% of it is because of the disparate contracts. Neuvy for Halak… seems like a lateral move. Halak has a slightly higher career save percentage, but he played in STL; they have literally 6 top-4 caliber defensemen. I think we needed to reload the farm with Neuvy in the same way we did with Varlamov (minus the atrocious, awful, monumentally stupid, boneheaded, idiotic, illogical Forsberg trade). Doesn’t seem like we made any significant progress. I would rather have used Neuvirth to add some picks (only), and given Klesla a chance. What, Klesla was going to be worse than Carrick or Erskine? Um, no.

  • Owen Johnson

    Serious question: Any Hershey callups? Or are we playing tonight with 11 forwards and Leonhardt as the backup ‘tender?

  • Eric Schulz

    I didn’t have a problem moving Neuvirth, it’s the return I have a problem with. Neuvirth for picks; use Klesla.

  • Eric Schulz

    Yeah… I don’t know if I’ll ever get over it… really wish I could stop being a fan…

  • Eric Schulz

    I’m getting it from watching Erskine and Carrick playing in the NHL.

  • Fedor

    Ryan Stoa, Philipp Grubauer.

  • Owen Johnson

    Is that official?

  • Fedor
  • bskillet

    Michal is a great pick up for Buffalo, glad to see him get a #1 spot. Jaroslav I think was a good deal too? good save % and GAA. guess we’ll see him Sat. night vs. Erat, Ribeiro and Halpern.

  • Roy Schue

    When I said not much value, I don’t believe we could have gotta first or second round picks for him. If he would have stayed healthy and played more this year then it’s a different story

  • bskillet

    Ha, that was awesome wasn’t it.

  • bskillet

    Hey we were up 3-1, it was all Caps that lost that series.

  • Diller M

    As long as Holtby remains starter, I’m in!

  • Alex

    Crazy punch by Latta! Holy shit. But yeah, unfortunate error by Grubs in the first, and a mediocre performance overall. His save early in the second looked pretty nice though.

  • Owen Johnson

    Hope he had fun spending the night in Hershey.

  • JH

    BTW, looking at the comments on the Puck Daddy post on the Halak trade. Other than a couple whiny Caps fans, the Sabres fans are pissed they gave up Halak for some “nobodies” and a Blues fan is saying Halak is “top 10 goalie” and “will give you a good playoff run.”

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/jaroslav-halak-era-buffalo-ends-sabres-ship-him-212126742–nhl.html

  • Langway

    Really? Name calling? Was that really necessary? At least being a grammar Nazi is constructive.

  • OviandOil

    I think GMGM made 3 great deals, and i’m surprised i actually said that. Jaroslav Halak is a sound goaltender, he has alot of playoff expirence as well. We all know he can shut the door when it matters most. Neuvirth was a talent being wasted in the caps system, holtby is clearly more favourable over neauvy and we got grubauer coming up. I also think Halak could also be a leader to a young guy like holtby. I like the acquisition of Penner, a guy who could play top 6, has hands, is gritty, and big. The one thing GMGM didn’t get is defense, I really wish he had gone after guys like smid or phillips.

    Caps lineup next week?
    Johansson-Backstrom-Ovechkin
    Penner-Grabovski-Kuznetsov
    Wilson-Laich-Brouwer
    Chimera-Fehr-Ward
    Beagle

    Alzner-Carlson
    Orlov-Green
    Erskine-Carrick

    Halak
    Holtby

  • Diller M

    Career .917 includes weak Montreal tea,s and young st Louis d men

  • Diller M

    Ee can still trade the rights to Halak at the deadline for a mid round pick

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  • Pat

    What are you talking about? Buffalo traded Miller and Ott for Halak, Chris Stewart, William Carrier, a 1st round pick and a 3rd round pick. Then flipped Halak to the Caps….not even close to the same thing.

  • Fait

    Neuvy got Halak’d when he was Vokoun’d.

  • Owen Johnson

    No no no. You don’t get it. Now it’s HALAK who will get hung out to dry.

  • Roy Schue

    Who ever is playing better should be the starter “Halak”

  • Jonah

    the blues are”not that great this season”???
    theyre top in the west central division and only 3 points behind the first place in the league ducks.
    check ya facts bud

  • Jonah

    maybe this is a revenge plot by GMGM to make halak look like an idiot and end his career. seems childish but i will never cease to be amazed at what the man will do

  • Jonah

    actually this frees up cap space for us next year because halak will *most likely* be a rental. then we can go after some D depth and hopefully grabo extension.
    this was a fairly good move to get rid of neuvy’s contract which was eating up too much space for someone who wasn’t getting as much playing time. also got rid of the bad stench in the locker room that a player who doesn’t get good minutes and has asked for a trade can bring

  • Adam Fink

    I love Halak personally, St. Louis is my second team behind the Caps and he’s a great goalie. I’m really excited he’s a Cap! Now gotta let Holtby/Halak battle it out

  • BrazGoalie

    Have you seen their games?
    Its like the caps at presidents trophy era
    They will drop at 1st round

  • Owen Johnson

    Hang onto that. It’ll be really valuable someday.

  • Jonah

    i don’t think they could flip neuvy to a team that is gunning for the playoffs. those are the only teams that would be willing to give up picks. BUF is rebuilding so they wouldn’t give up their draft picks. also, i think this was a low risk move which they could dump in july if it doesn’t work out.

    worst case scenario:

    caps make playoffs and lose in first round. (Im kinda expecting this anyways) and let go of halak, leaving them cap space to sign grabo, kuzya, maybe penner, deffinitely some D.

    best case scenario:

    halak goes and halaks in the playoffs (preferebly rangers, pens) and we go deep against all odds. Players want to resign with the team after a deep and unpredicted playoff run and we don’t have to use as much cap space on them, also guys like brouwer, laich, mojo look more attractive for their grit and GMGM swaps them to re sign other players/add some D.

  • Jonah

    finished all of those too.
    i was really desperate

  • Jonah

    but im not sure that Klesla was a better Dman than what we have here. Yes i know i never thought id utter those words in my life.

  • Jonah

    BUF moved him because they had gotten some picks from STL and didn’t want to have his cap hit because he was a veteran who couldn’t play there long enough for them to get good again.

  • gustafsson16

    Hillen is back and I’m sure will have a spot in the 2nd or 3rd pairing. Wilson is in 4th line purgatory for the year and will only move up in the event of catastrophe. I’d like to see Penner tried with 19 and 8. I like what Kuznetsov could bring but his whole situation has been cloudy – it’s my understanding that he can only sign a 2 year entry deal due to his age and not sure the Caps want to burn up a year for 20ish games worth.

  • Dark Stranger

    Adam, you’re like me. Blues are my 2nd team as well. I had feared that Halak would end up with the Wild (and would then halak the Blues in Round 1 or Round 2.) I enjoyed Halak as a Blue

  • Lawrence

    Yeah I meant there is a reason that stl traded him.

  • Eric Schulz

    We took on cap THIS YEAR; next year, it’s the same as if we would’ve moved Neuvirth for picks… picks that would help us IN THE FUTURE, unlike Halak, who won’t help us when we need it.

  • Eric Schulz

    We ALREADY HAD ENOUGH MONEY TO EXTEND GRABOVSKI! I keep harping on this; we moved Erat, we acquired Penner. That was enough, in addition to the cap going up next year. We didn’t need to waste an asset like Neuvirth in order to sign Grabovski; we were there already.

  • salgotnv

    I hope so. If we’re allowing this many shots, we’re going to need a consistent (and not streaky) goalie. I don’t know enough about Halak to comment on his play but, right, like ya said, it sounds like he will be an improvement.

  • Jonah

    “playoffs? you talking bout playoffs? i just hope we can win a game!”
    wow thats so true its almost cringe/tear worthy