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NEWS: Islanders acquire Jaroslav Halak for a fourth round pick

The Islanders have acquired goalie Jaroslav Halak from the Washington Capitals for a fourth round pick.


2:13PM: There is mutual interest in getting a contract done between the Islanders and Halak. The two sides have already had a “brief” conversation. (LeBrun)

2:09PM: Allan Walsh, Halak’s agent, says that Halak “absolutely” has interest in signing with the Islanders long-term. (Staple)

2PM: The Capitals have announced that they have sent Halak to the Islanders for a 2014 fourth round pick. (Caps)

The fourth round pick the Islanders are sending to Washington is one they acquired from Chicago for Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard.

1:54PM: The Islanders are working on a deal with the Washington Capitals to acquire goaltender Jaroslav Halak. (Bob McKenzie)


Halak, 28, was sent from St. Louis to Buffalo as part of the Ryan Miller trade and then sent from Buffalo to Washington on March 5th for Michal Neuvirth.

Halak has a record of 144-85-29 in his career and this season was 29-13-7. His career save percentage is .918 and his career GAA is 2.38.

In 12 games for the Caps after his trade, Halak was 5-4-3 with a 2.31 GAA and a .930 save percentage.

Halak is a pending UFA and just finished the fourth year of a four year deal that has a cap hit of $3.75 million.

Halak’s actual salary this season was $4.5 million.




348 comments
puckznpadz
puckznpadz

Those who believe that Nilsson should be the back up are missing the boat.  I posted earlier that this kid is only 21, and has only played 45 plus AHL with a not so stella record or goals against.  While the kid is not a throw away he needs more time and more games.  He truly needs a full season in the AHL carrying the bulk of the load. 3/4 of the season plus.  With a good goals against then you can make an argument the he deserves a shot.


He was 8-7-2 in 17 games with a GAA 3.11 and sv% of .896?  To me these are not the numbers of a back up goalie with future starter ambitions.  If his GAA was in the mid to lower 2's and sv% above .900 you argument holds water. But it is not.


I do not think they should ship him out either.  They need to talk to him and make him see the big picture.  He just sees and open starter spot and wants it like any competitor would. He is just not ready and placing in the back up role is bad for his development.

Zach14
Zach14

They should try to get this guy signed. Anything but these backup quality guys in net for 50-60 games

j_spikett
j_spikett

nabacov has zero value. he has been washed up for at least 3-4 years. he needs to be deposited in the nearest waste dump

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

according to NY post, halak is seeing a 3-5 year deal at 4 million per.   This is extremely doable for the isles so i dont see a deal not working out.  give him an extra million per year if needed because without halak, we are back to square one.  this deal HAS to get done. 

dimaio34
dimaio34

This is a awesome trade!!!!! Keep Nabby as back up. Season Poulin in brige for next season. Wow could Garth redeem himself from last year???? Nilsson is gone. Trade our two seconds to get demko. Make the playoffs next year. Great job Garth. Boy I'll tell ya what a crazy organization to cheer for. By the way gotta love niño. Had the guts to ask for a trade. And scored two awesome goals in a game 7!!!! Love the guy. It was mgnt fault it didn't work here not niño. And we got a good one in clutter. So it worked for both teams.

cournoyer
cournoyer

He's not a Quick but he sure ain't a Poulin. I'll take it

fan42long
fan42long

Lots of posters using fair market value as reasoning to get Halak to sign. I don't see it. They have to be the high bid in years and dollars. If not, they lose him.

realhlywd
realhlywd

Get this guy signed and don't try and penny pinch either or he will just walk to July 1st. He's worth at least 6-6.5 mil per yr and can see him signed to a 5 or 6 year contract. Then if all goes well with Halak, throw 2 mil per on a two year contract for Brian Elliott and your tandem is set for a couple years at least. Thanks for the effort Nabby but I think the team will go in another direction

truth77
truth77

I like the move if they sign him.Getting him now was smart after the playoffs there are going to be a lot of Teams  evaluating there goaltenders and then comes the stupid money .Thank god Philly took A mac off our hands.Philly goes thru goaltenders ,Like johnny Carson went thru Wives.Hey R.m how much money is Wang paying you to be his Accountant?

mrcisback
mrcisback

@slapshot18_rs   Really slapshot, if thats the case then i see no reason why he shouldn't be signed before the start of the Ranger game. I was on a St louis web site and you can't believe how many Blues fans are mad that they traded Halak. They said Halak is one of the most underrated goaltenders in the league and the Islanders will be extremely happy. Some of the Blues fans went on to say that there also going to root for the Islanders now.

Isleguy27
Isleguy27

Grabner is excellent on the PK, I would not move him. He is definitely a serviceable 3rd line forward as well.

Don22
Don22

@dimaio34 I love your unfaltering enthusiasm for this team.  I usually agree with your posts, but man - I just can't agree about Nino.  I feel he hadn't shown enough to make any type of demands.  IMO, he is going to bounce to a few teams and we will be talking about unreached potential when it is all over.  I think him demanding a trade says more about his mental strength and commitment more than anything.  Had he been in the AHL for more than just 1 year, I may have been ok with it.  But he was there for 1 year.

Anyway - let's hope we are cheering a Halak contract soon.

hoverlow
hoverlow

Season poulin?. He has had enough seasoning.

puckznpadz
puckznpadz

@cournoyer  


In the NHL rankings Quick was ranked at  (5) 49 Games 27 W 17 L and Halak (8) 52 Games 29W 13L ....Quick Gaa. 2.00 & Halak 2.50.


I'd say he was pretty darn close to Quick and Quick's defense was stronger than Halak.  Not much of a difference between No.5 and No.8 I say.  People need to give this guy some props.  He is a more elite Goalie then people think.


The last three years he have been in the top 10 and once in the top five with a low GAA. 

Anthony Fusco
Anthony Fusco

@fan42long  Not true. Not a big market out there for starting goalies. If he wants to be a clear cut #1 with little to no comp then he will sign here for fair market value.

fan42long
fan42long

Remember - the idea is to offer incentive for the guy to sign before he goes to the UFA market. Any agent worth a dime is going to use that as leverage. We want his agent to say, "Halak, the Isles offer is better than anything else we'll see. I think we take it."

Short of that, this is a dog and pony show.

Don22
Don22

@mrcisback @slapshot18_rsI think that also has a bit to do with their disappointment and ire towards Miller.  They gave up a lot to have him come into bring them to the cup and he wet the bed. 

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@mrcisback @slapshot18_rs  yeah i dunno, given the two month window for negotiating, i dont see it being a very fast negotiation but the isles have to be in the best position to give him what hes looking for.  not many teams have a john tavares either so the isles could actually look like a great opportunity for a goalie to succeed. im sure they will do their research over the next couple of weeks and come to that realization. 

mrcisback
mrcisback

@Isleguy27   It all depends on who were trading Grabner for. I got a bad feeling that if we do trade Grabner he's going to have a big year for someone else.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@Isleguy27  yeah i dont wanna move grabner.  everyone focus' on his missed break aways but tell me how many people can put themselves in that position to begin with as frequently as him? he brings much more to the table then just missed break aways. 

since72
since72

@Anthony Fusco   The idea of him being a clear cut #1 is important.  He gets his money, plays in NY, and if he has a bad game, he knows that he will be right back out there.  He will be the man - respect that he has never really gotten.  Does he get all that in Minny, Pitts or Vancouver? 

I still think it will take 5/30 but why be cheap with such an important position?

fan42long
fan42long

@Anthony Fusco @fan42long Vancouver, MN, St.Louis all more attractive than NYI. Top 3 UFA goalies Miller, Halak, Hiller. Anaheim may not be ready to trust the kids yet. Rinne is still a question. Now there's more competition for a Halak. You come to me with a close to market contract, I reply that I'm testing the waters. Remember who we are. This is not a 1st destination.

shlo
shlo

@Anthony Fusco @fan42longMost analysts say great fit for both parties, some say get a 1 to 2 year deal and see what happens. Others predict a long term deal.

We don't know what's in Halak's head other than what his agent said which is promising.  The big question is what will Pitts do with Fleury once they lose a round in the playoffs

Realistically we are in a decent position to sign him -as you said, clear cut number 1, stability- after being bounced around this year ,4 teams.


Walsh and Snow have a good relationship and Snow knowing that his Job is on the line (with hopefully new ownership pending) will not let  him slip for a million dollar here or there.

Snow was also able to sign players to a very friendly deals (except Bailey)

so 4 to 5 years at around 20 -25 mil makes sense to me. Wang will approve because he knows the team is a mess and a stable goalie is a must. It will help him get the money he is looking for.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@j_spikett  bottom line is nilsson is not playing as a back up next year and hes certainly  not playing as the starter so move on...


you are literally the only person that thinks he is worthy of a roster spot.


NABOKOV brings a lot more to the table then just his statistics.  hes a leader on and off the ice. he has an extremely experienced resume.  hes very solid when provided with rest (which he didnt get much of last season at stretches)...


nilsson is a kid that cant keep the puck out of the net and brings 0 experience and has never proven to be anywhere near consistent enough to play in the nhl.  

j_spikett
j_spikett

@slapshot18_rs @j_spikett  what??? are you on drugs? if his stats are similar to nabacav and he is not ready for the NHL, then why in the world would you want a 40 year old whose similar stats you just condemned as not ready for prime time be on your team in any capacity? do you not even have a semblance that a 40 year old playing a position of goalie where reflexes are so important will even be hard pressed to duplicate last years unserviceable stats? do you realize that a 24 year old with very limited experience in the NHL will very likely improve his stats from last year.

j_spikett
j_spikett

@Don22 @slapshot18_rs @j_spikett  he is a better option than a 40 year old goalie who is below average for any age. his stats were better if not comparable than nabacov and he is only going to improve. unlike the other who is getting worse. he has a right to speak up for improperly and unjustly being buried in the AHL when he is better than the player on the team. he is just stating a fact and giving this team a warning that they should heed or they will lose another very good young player just like the one they gave away in nino.

Don22
Don22

@slapshot18_rs @j_spikettI'm not saying J_spikett is one of them, but if people are going to say you can't take stock in how the team played in the meaningless games down the stretch, then that has to include Nilsson.  He certainly has shown flashes of potential, but his negatives have outshone his positives.  

In my opinion, he doesn't want to be in North America.  He wants to go back to Europe which is why he thew out the ultimatum.  His age/experience/stats aren't deserving of the right to demand playing in the NHL right now.  Even Nino had a better leg to stand on.

Don22
Don22

@j_spikett Well I didn't say playoffs.  I said he came up big to help them get into the playoffs. I will agree he was abysmal in the playoffs.

You want a backup goalie that can play 20 - 30 games with confidence.  You want a guy that can step in if your #1 gets hurt for a stretch.  Nabakov can do that.  If he starts playing more than that then he is vulnerable.  Nilsson and Poulin have not shown (yet) that they can be a reliable backup.  You can argue that there might be better options for a backup, but at this time Nilsson and Poulin are not it.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@j_spikett @slapshot18_rs  well for starters he is 24 years old which is a big difference.  he didnt say he wouldnt mind being a back up but who in their right mind, with a full career ahead of them (potentially), wants to sit and rot behind another goalie?  im sure he would much rather play in europe where he can start than be here and sit on the bench.  the fact that he had numbers similar to nabby isnt a positive for nilsson, its a negative.  if he showed anything whatsoever, they would have considered him. he is not ready for the nhl, and playing a back up role is not going to get him ready for the nhl either.  this shouldnt even be a debate. 

j_spikett
j_spikett

@slapshot18_rs  that he is only 21 years old as compared to a 40 year old and the final stats were very close between them. nabocov had a .009 better save percentage and nillsson had the better won loss record. nillsson will improve and in fact did improve on his save percentage during the course of the season. and nillsson played some brilliant games which is a showcase of his potential. given his size he has pardon the pun huge upside. he wants to be on the team. he didn't say anything about wanting to start. he just said he doesn't want to play in the AHL and who can blame him. reference=nino.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@j_spikett @slapshot18_rs  based on what? he looked horrendous a lot of the time...and when he said he didnt want to play in the AHL, im pretty sure he meant he wants to start in the NHL, not be a back up - no one strives to be a back up, especially at his age.  

j_spikett
j_spikett

@Don22 @j_spikett @slapshot18_rs  thats correct he had little or nothing to do with their success. all you have to do is look at his save percentage in the playoff to see that he took away any chance they had to beat pittsburgh. back up? why would you want a 40 year old goalie as a backup who can't play any better than a kid like nillsson who has shown signs of excellence.?

Don22
Don22

@j_spikett @slapshot18_rsSo he had nothing to do with helping the Isles down the stretch last year to get into the playoffs?  Nobody is saying he is still a #1 who can carry a team, but he can be a valuable backup goalie for sure.

Don22
Don22

@slapshot18_rs @Don22@mrcisbackThat's a good point.  I agree.  And to boot - just him signing here will make him an instant fan-favorite.  Now if he doesn't play well that won't last, but he will definitely get one of the top 3 cheers at the home opener intros. 

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@Don22 @mrcisback @slapshot18_rs  wouldnt you consider it a similar situation to moulson and vanek though? if moulson felt disrespected and wouldnt come back here, i dont see how halak wouldnt feel the same disrespect by being shipped out at the trade deadline by the blues.  i cant see the blues being in on him after that. 

mrcisback
mrcisback

@slapshot18_rs @mrcisback  Yes i agree one veteran defenseman with playoff success thats not over the hill. Good conversation gotta run.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@mrcisback @slapshot18_rs  yeah that wouldnt be out of question at all...also nice to see that halak succeeded with poor defensive teams as well so you know his numbers arent inflated by a great blues team.  if we can add a solid defenseman, one that is not 37 years old, isles will be a much more complete team going into next season.  

mrcisback
mrcisback

@slapshot18_rs @mrcisback    I read last night that Halak is very excited about joinig the Islanders. His agent must of researched the Islanders because they even knew all about the young guys on the team and and all of the young guys in the system. If Halek signs with the Islanders we become a playoff team. If Halek was our goaltender this past year i think you can add at least 8 to 10 games that would have been wins instead of losses. The Edmonton and Calgary losses come to recent mind. One win in every 10 games the Islanders played this year that cost us a game because of bad goaltending is where i get my 8 wins from.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@fan42long @slapshot18_rs  i agree, he just came off a 4 year 15 mil deal so 4/16 isnt a huge raise.  but, if thats all hes expecting to get, snow better get this deal done, even if it means he has to throw an additional million per year his way just as an incentive.  maybe hes more concerned about being assured a starting gig, and stability? 

fan42long
fan42long

@slapshot18_rs That sounds low. Hell, if it's true then I'll be happy to be wrong on this. Halak at 4/16, 5/20 would be great. I still say he gets more though.

since72
since72

@fan42long  Yes we are of one mind on this one.  He is the man, pay what needs to be paid and move on to the next thing.  A wing and a D if they are serious about contending now.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@since72 @Anthony Fusco  NY Post says he is seeking 3-5 years at 4 million per...so snow obviously has the financials to get this done. 

fan42long
fan42long

@since72 @Anthony Fusco 5/30 6/36 is close to my guess too. I like Halak. I think Isles fans need a gift too. Does Halak cure all our ills? Nope. But he's an upgrade. I think we'd all be happy with that.

since72
since72

@fan42long @Anthony Fusco    He doen't go back to StL.  They showed him no respect by dealing him before the playoffs.  Bet they would like that trade back!