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Halak traded to Caps, with whom he has a bit of history

Mar 5, 2014, 3:39 PM EST

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In 2010, as a member of the Montreal Canadiens, Jaroslav Halak almost single-handedly beat the Washington Capitals. Today, he was traded to them, along with a third-round pick in the 2015 draft.

Halak was only recently acquired by the Sabres in the Ryan Miller trade. The 28-year-old never played for Buffalo before he was flipped to the Caps, who sent goalie Michal Neuvirth and defenseman Rostislav Klesla to the Sabres.

In Washington, Halak — a pending unrestricted free agent — will push Braden Holtby for the starting job as the Caps make a push for the playoffs.

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  1. rsl22 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    I said this was coming after Caps collapse against Philly. I got called a troll and received many, many thumbs down.

    This is good for the Caps, but would have preferred to keep Neuvy as backup instead of still having no idea who is the number 1 goalie.

    • capsfan14 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      Halak will most likley be the starter. The Caps just need some solid defensive depth to support him, and I don’t think they have that yet.

      • pfhockey - Mar 5, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        True, Halak may be better, but likely not by much, they need D. Little impact unless he plays elite.

    • ibieiniid - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      i seem to remember Halak working best as half of a 1-2 punch. you know, wayyyyyy back in his St. Louis days.

      • bethgoesglobal - Mar 5, 2014 at 6:17 PM

        :)

    • rsl22 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      The Caps, as always, needed help on the blueline. Since that seems like it will never happen, getting Halak was a solid move.

      After dumping Erat and picking up Penner and Halak, the Caps are better today than they were last week. Getting Kuznetsov on the 3rd or 4th line will help as well.

      Hopefully Laich and Grabo can stay/get healthy for a playoff “run.”

  2. vbcaps - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Hmmm.

  3. goodellisruiningtheleague - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    who

    • ibieiniid - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      weird. somehow, in clicking through links on PFT, you’ve found yourself on PHT on trade deadline day. i can tell, as you have no clue who one of the biggest trade targeted goalies this year is. kindly find your way back to ProFetusTalk. OOH, GolfTalkCentral may be firing up its jets. ever heard of Louis Oosthuizen?

      • goodellisruiningtheleague - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        will they win the Stanley Cup with this trade? Or continue to be humiliated in playoffs? Just because my name has to do with the NF, doesn’t mean I don’t watch other sports. I’m sure you could tell though.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        weird. i missed the part in your original post where you had some actual….. hockey talk. instead, i saw a guy who’s an obvious football fan try to write off a player as a nobody because he’s never heard of him before. sorry if i couldn’t read between the lines.

  4. nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Will the Sabres retire Halak’s number? At least give him a bobblehead night?

  5. rsl22 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    3rd round pick (in ’15) and got rid of Klesla’s salary….not bad. However, does this mean the Caps won’t have the cap space for Kuznetsov now?

    • jpelle82 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      he should be on an entry level deal…900k. maybe they get rid of ol’ sour puss troy brouwer to make room

      “Honestly, I don’t care about a guy who’s not in the dressing room until he’s in this dressing room,” right wing Troy Brouwer said. “If he comes and he can help our hockey club he’s more than welcome here. Until he shows up and is here he’s none of my concern.”

      • jpelle82 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        funny – this is what nuivirth said yesterday too –

        “How are we going to fit him under the cap?” wondered goaltender Michal Neuvirth.

        wonder on michael….

      • bethgoesglobal - Mar 5, 2014 at 6:30 PM

        Brouwer is honest and he speaks his mind which I find refreshing. You can look at that quote as being “sour” or you can see it as a guy who wants to see a teammate who is going to give his all to help the team succeed. I think he was probably speaking more to the lack of effort, or desire, of Martin Erat, rather than a player (Penner) who hasn’t made it to “the dressing room” yet (per say).

        Like Ward, Brouwer may have an inflated salary, but they both work hard and are true to themselves and the game. I’d be disappointed to see either of them go. Players like that can be few and far between, and difficult to replace.

  6. gunnyhighway88 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Ugh…

    • jhaegs - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      He helped give the Blues the 2nd best record in the league so far… How has Holtby faired?

  7. rockthered1286 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Why couldn’t the Caps have traded Holtby and GMGM for Halak? That would’ve made me much happier… Instead it’s deferring D issues to the goaltending situation. And even worse, getting rid of your better goalie. Shades of the Varlamov trade…

    • bethgoesglobal - Mar 5, 2014 at 6:36 PM

      It’s certainly possible. I’ve always liked Neuvy and think that losing the starting position to Volkun a couple seasons ago really hurt his confidence which was compounded when Holtby rose to the position. Confidence plays a major role in the success/failure of a goalie and I believe Neuvy fell victim to that.

      In any event, I hope that we don’t have a repeat of the Varly trade, but I wish Neuvirth the best in Buffalo. A change in scenery may be just what the doctor ordered for him.

  8. therealjr - Mar 5, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Thanks for re-opening the Montreal wound, Mr. Brough.

  9. bethgoesglobal - Mar 5, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    I think it’s really funny that people are making such a big deal out of the Caps past history facing the Caps. I think having the guy that once stopped your team’s advancement brought to your team would bolster your confidence in that goalie. Like they say, keep your enemies closer. Besides, at the end of the day this is a Business!

    It’s not personal, it’s business. Maybe we should make that our mantra for a little while.

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