On Thursday May 1st, the New York Islanders acquired goaltender Jaroslav Halak from the Washington Capitals for a fourth-round draft pick. The fourth-round pick being traded was received from the Chicago Blackhawks after trading Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard on February 6th, 2014.
Halak, 28, split the 2013-2014 NHL season between the St. Louis Blues and the Washington Capitals posting a 29-13-13 record. He was traded to the Buffalo Sabres briefly; but was quickly traded to the Capitals before being able to play his first game with Buffalo. Halak becomes a free agent on July 1st, so the Islanders will have to work on making a deal before that time.
The New York Islanders have had many issues on the defensive end of the ice all year. One of the biggest holes in the Islanders roster is goaltending. Although Evgeni Nabokov has held his own for the most part, the back-up position has been extremely rocky. Keeping Halak on the roster might be a move that Garth Snow should consider. On the other hand if Snow should decide to use Halak as a trading chip, hopefully he will use him wisely and fill some of the many needed holes on the roster and not trade him away for next to nothing.