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.
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.