Capitals Acquire Jaroslav Halak.

The Washington Capitals have acquired goaltender Jaroslav Halak and a third round pick from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Michal Neuvirth and Rostislav Klesla.

Sabres ship Jaroslav Halak to the Capitals.

Sabres ship Jaroslav Halak to the Capitals.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As many expected, Halak’s stay with the Sabres was short-lived. By flipping him to the Capitals, the Sabres get back a goalie with a year remaining on his contract desperate for a fresh start elsewhere. Neuvirth will be competing with Jhonas Enroth for the role of Sabres starting goalie.

As for Halak, it’ll be interesting to see if he can wrest the starter’s role in Washington away from Braden Holtby down the stretch. He’s merely a rental player as I doubt he has a future in Washington, unless he can carry them deep into the playoffs.  

Halak wasn’t the only one who didn’t stay with his new club for long. Klesla was acquired last night in the Martin Erat deal and gets flipped to the Sabres. Guess the Caps didn’t see him as the answer to their shutdown defenseman issues after all.


  1. So Washington traded away Halak because him and Neuvirth competed for starting position and Holtby was coming up the system.

    And now they bring him back with Neuvirth and Holtby competing for starter? This will be interesting… :)

    • Wait, the after work beers kicked in. I am thinking Varlamov, either way, interesting with three contenders.. :)

  2. No, the Sabres traded Halak. The Caps traded Neuvirth because they had a logjam of semi-good (some might say mediocre) goaltenders and Halak is a step up.

    Good move by the Sabres I think, Neuvirth has good potential still.