The New York Islanders have an agreement with Slovak professional ice hockey goaltender Jaroslav Halak on a four-year contract. Newsday’s Arthur Staple reports the contract is worth $18 million.
Halak was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2014. The Islanders acquired his rights from the Capitals on May 1 in a trade for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. He won 29 games this season. He was fourth in the NHL with 5 shutouts and eighth with a 2.25 goals-against average.
Halak was traded twice within a span of 5 days, going from the St. Louis Blues to the Buffalo Sabres on March 1 then to the Capitals on March 5. He did not play in a game for the Sabres. In 272 NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis and Washington, Halak has a 144-85-29 record with a 2.38 GAA, .918 save percentage and 30 shutouts. He has appeared in 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games with Montreal and St. Louis, with a 10-11 record, 2.42 GAA and .942 save percentage.
The hockey goaltender career highlights include helping the Canadiens reach the Eastern Conference Final in 2010 and winning the Jennings Trophy in 2011-12, when with St. Louis he and Brian Elliott allowed the fewest goals in the League. Halak was a ninth-round pick (No. 271) of the Canadiens in 2003.
Jaroslav Halák was the 271st overall pick by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.