It has been announced by the New York Islanders today that goaltender Jarsolav Halak, 29, has been signed to a four-year deal which is said to be worth around $18-million according to Arthur Staple of Newsday. Halak was acquired from the Washington Capitals on May 1st for a fourth round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. The former Capitals goaltender was set to hit unrestricted free-agency on July 1st.
Jarsolav Halak was first drafted in the 9th-round (271 overall) by the Montreal Canadiens in 2003. Between playing for the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals, Halak had a record of 144-85-29 (272 total games), a 2.38 GAA, .918 save percentage and had accumulated 30 shutouts.
The past few months has been more travel than stability for the 29 year-old netminder as he has been a member of four different organizations from March 1st, when he was traded by the Blues, until he reached a four-year deal with the New York Islanders. Halak will most likely be put in the mix with Evgeni Nabokov who could be reaching a retiring point any season now. Goaltending and defensive issues have plagued the Islanders for the past few seasons, besides the combination of injuries that they faced this past year. Signing Halak might be a start to a mending process in hopes to leave Long Island with a winning season before moving to the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn.