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The Washington Capitals have traded goalie Jaroslav Halak to the New York Islanders for a fourth round pick. Halak is a pending unrestricted free agent who will likely command a five-million dollar contract next season. Meanwhile, the Caps have two talented young goaltenders in Holtby and Grubauer. Then again, Halak is a top-10 goalie and now he’ll be playing against the Caps in the Metro division. I wonder if he’ll be comfortable with that.
One more interesting note: we’ve learned who is calling the shots in the post-
With McPhee soon-to-be-former GM, assistant GM Brian MacLellan is handling trades, etc. for the #Caps.
— Katie Carrera (@kcarrera) May 1, 2014
From the Caps:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 1, 2014
Capitals Acquire Fourth-Round Pick in 2014 NHL Draft from New York Islanders for Halak
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have acquired a fourth-round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft from the New York Islanders in exchange for the rights to goaltender Jaroslav Halak, assistant general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. The fourth-round selection was acquired by New York from Chicago.
Halak, 28, posted a 29-13-7 record with five shutouts, a 2.25 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage in 52 games with Washington and St. Louis this season. The Bratislava, Slovakia, native was acquired by the Capitals from Buffalo with a third-round choice in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Michal Neuvirth and Rostislav Klesla on March 5, 2014. Halak has registered a 144-85-29 record in his career with 30 shutouts, a 2.38 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.