Capitals Trade Halak to Islanders.

The Washington Capitals have trade goaltender Jaroslav Halak to the New York Islanders in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL draft. 

Islanders acquire Jaroslav Halak.

Islanders acquire Jaroslav Halak.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: For those who were wondering, non-playoff teams can make trade with each other during the postseason. The Islanders must now re-sign Halak, who’s an unrestricted free agent this summer coming off a four-year, $15 million deal.  It’s the third time this year Halak’s been traded.

It’ll be interesting to see how much the Isles are prepared to pay and for how long to retain Halak, They desperately need a good starting goaltender. Halak has posted good regular-season numbers throughout his NHL career, though he’s struggled to regain his once-stellar postseason form. At this stage the Isles will be happy if he can get them into the playoffs.

  I don’t see this move as the end of Evgeni Nabokov’s tenure, as they’ll likely want to keep him as a backup. If they can get both guys under decent contracts they’ll have addressed their goalie issues heading into next season. 

5 Comments

  1. I think it’s a little weird non-playoff teams can make deals. I mean, in the first round it rules out 50% of possible trading partners. I could say a rule whereby the traded-for player isn’t allowed to play in the playoffs, but teams might still be thinking about next year, too, and want to make a deal, but aren’t allowed.

  2. Smart move on the Islanders part. The goalie market was going to be intense this year and they nabbed Halak up at a cheap price if they can get him under contract. Halak/Nabakov or Halak and maybe someone like Chad Johnson out of Boston could be important pieces for helping the Islanders. This indicates to me anyway the Islanders are also keeping their 1st round pick and trying to be competitive next year. I wish all the best to both the Islanders & Halak.

    • they traded their first pick for Thomas vanek

      • They traded their 1st round pick in 2014 or 2015 in the Vanek deal. Having a top 5 pick this year, it looks like they will keep the pick and try to make the playoffs next year by adding pieces like Halak.

  3. The Islanders need better goaltending. Halak is a pending unrestricted free agent. The Islanders made a move by acquiring his rights and negotiate a contract to play for a few seasons.

    I will also agree Nabokov’s tenure with the Islanders is ending.