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Report: Isles working on deal to land Halak (Update: Done!)

May 1, 2014, 1:57 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 18: Jaroslav Halak #41 of the Washington Capitals tends net against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on March 18, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

Some big news on the free agent goaltending front — the Islanders are reportedly working on a deal to get Jaroslav Halak out of Washington, per TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

The deal would give the Isles Halak’s negotiating rights and a head start on hammering out a deal, as Halak’s set to become an unrestricted free agent in July. The 28-year-old is in the last of a four-year, $15 million deal and has changed addresses frequently this season, starting with St. Louis before moving to Buffalo as part of the Ryan Miller deal, then moving from Buffalo to Washington in exchange for Michal Neuvirth.

Despite all that movement, Halak compiled a good year statistically — 29-13-10, .921 save percentage, 2.25 GAA, five shutouts — though his time as a Capital ended badly after head coach Adam Oates suggested Halak asked out of a key start against his former Blues team, which led to friction between player and club (and agent).

As for the Islanders, this move would make a lot of sense as they currently don’t have any of their three goalies — Evgeni Nabokov, Anders Nilsson or Kevin Poulin — under contract for next season. Nabokov’s time on Long Island appears over and, yesterday, reports surfaced that Nilsson was contemplating a move to play in Europe.

Update: Done deal, per the Washington Post — Halak’s rights go to the Islanders in exchange for a fourth-round pick at this year’s NHL Entry Draft.

Update 2: Sounds like negotiations have already begun…

  1. prd797 - May 1, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Not bad at all. Makes their goaltending much better. The price seems fine too.

    It appears, shockingly, that Snow has not been owned in a trade.

    • valoisvipers - May 1, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      It’s only rights.What if Halak signs else where? Then Snow gets nothing for giving away a forth rounder and owned again on a trade.

      • prd797 - May 1, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        But where the hell would Halak go? He’s more than likely looking to be a starter and get paid. In theory, the Isles can check both of those boxes. I can’t think of many other teams that have a #1 spot in net wide open.

        So in that regard, spending a 4th to gain extra time to facilitate a goaltending upgrade is indeed worth it.

      • valoisvipers - May 1, 2014 at 2:47 PM

        Where the hell might he go? San Jose might want an up grade or the Pens if the Flower wilts again, just to name a couple of SC contenders.

      • dp2310 - May 1, 2014 at 3:17 PM

        Pens and Sharks have Fleury and Niemi, they’re not gonna give Halak the playing time he wants. No way those two teams get rid of these two. Halak wants to play and be number one. Why not go to the isles? Pay, Play, and if they get their ducks in a row, can be one of the better teams in the league. Plus, Brooklyn will attract some better talent in the FA market, thus allowing them to supplement the core group. All hypothetical, but the upside is there and I think he sees it.

      • bcisleman - May 1, 2014 at 5:16 PM

        If you read all the way down, it says there’s mutual interest.

    • bcisleman - May 1, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      He usually does quite well but he does not control what the market will bear.

  2. canucks30 - May 1, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Garth Snow gives out draft picks like candy

    • c9castine - May 1, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      draft picks should not be his priority right now. plenty of young talent in that organization.

      the trick is now to build a team with and around them that can actually be a threat. this is the smartest thing snow has done in years.

      • 7mantel - May 1, 2014 at 2:48 PM

        c9 even though you sometimes make me smh , I agree with you totally .

    • bcisleman - May 1, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      He really doesn’t.

      • strictlythedanks - May 1, 2014 at 6:23 PM

        taking picks from snow is like taking candy from a baby. That being said, good move here was looking for the Wild to maybe make a run at Halak

      • bcisleman - May 1, 2014 at 11:04 PM

        It really isn’t.

    • bcisleman - May 1, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      This from a fan of a team whose just fired GM gave away players, picks and prospects right and left until he ruined the franchise. You are just revealing how little you know about Garth and his history w/ the Islanders.

  3. buddysguys - May 1, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    now give #5 to Buffalo and consider the NYI 2014-15 season a wrap!!! see ya at the Draft next year!!

  4. c9castine - May 1, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    good move. lock this guy up but dont get carried away and go all rick dipietro on him.

    how about 3 years 10 mill. give him some time to see what hes made of. pay him like a starter, play him like a starter…and get your damn defense straightened out.

    • lbeezyse - May 1, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      He Snow, do you want to re-do that Nino for Clutterbuck trade? It’s a shame the Isles gave up on Nino so soon. He is a great talent and fits in nicely here in MN.

      • c9castine - May 1, 2014 at 2:26 PM

        i just commented on that last night for obvious reasons.

        you guys got a good one in Fletcher. managing is in his blood and hes won before with Pittsburgh.

      • bcisleman - May 1, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        No self respecting GM would keep a player after he made a trade demand. Nothing to do w/ giving up on him. Clutterbuck is doing fine thank you.

      • kaptaanamerica - May 1, 2014 at 5:22 PM

        Get a clue already, Nino wanted out and forced a trade on Garth. He wasn’t going to get full value for him from any GM. Garth took the best deal he could get. I don’t blame Garth since the player started being a prima donna type of Dick.

    • bcisleman - May 1, 2014 at 11:02 PM

      D is really not that bad and it is about to get better with Reinhart and maybe Pulock and Mayfield moving up the pipeline.

      • c9castine - May 1, 2014 at 11:04 PM

        i hope “not that bad” isnt good enough for you.

  5. vbcaps - May 1, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Good for both parties.

  6. prd797 - May 1, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    One thing to remember as well is that this is the pick Snow acquire for spare parts Regin and PM Bouchard earlier this year from Chicago.

    So in essence, it is two borderline players for the rights to sign a #1 goalie.

  7. lovac2 - May 1, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    How does a team without a GM and a coach make a deal like this? did Ted Leonsis himself work the phone?

    • 7mantel - May 1, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      Good point ! Why didn’t Halford think of that ?

      • Mike Halford - May 1, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        Per the Caps’ release, assistant GM Brian MacLellan announced the deal…but there was no confirmation if he was the one that made it.

      • 7mantel - May 1, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        Thanks for the info, thought it would of made a nice side bar .

      • bcisleman - May 1, 2014 at 10:59 PM

        Not for nothing but it may be no accident this wasn’t done on McPhee’s watch. He ain’t on Garth’s holiday card list let’s just say.

    • c9castine - May 1, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      must have…or is there any high level managers still in place? like assistants or anything like that? might have been somebody like that working on Leonsis’s approval and guidance.

  8. arrooo - May 1, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    This should’ve been done two years ago

  9. 950003cups - May 1, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Ballsy move. A fourth pick just to talk to the guy? You know his agent won’t talk unless it’s a huge contract. How many starting goalies are out there on the FA market? I guess when you’re desperate, you do what you gotta do.

    • withseidelinn - May 1, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      They’re already talking.

    • hockey412 - May 1, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      Eh. Pittsburgh did it with Vokoun…worked out ok. Halak’s been kind of shifted around this year, the confidence in him probably means a good bit. Plus they can be a contender in a few years (or sooner).

      • JoeAvg - May 1, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        They also tried it with Dan Hamhuis and it didn’t. None the less, still a good move by the Isles.

      • canadiansportsfan77 - May 1, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        It was Errhoff I believe not Hamhuis

      • c9castine - May 1, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        no, hamhuis. and he wisely signed with vancouver.

      • bcisleman - May 1, 2014 at 10:57 PM

        It WAS Ehrhoff and he foolishly signed with BUF instead.

    • islesjb - May 1, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      Isles don’t have the luxury of just letting FAs come to then- they do what they have to do to sign players. Also, as mentioned above this was the pick they got for sending Bouchard and Regin to Chicago so they’re really not giving up much.

      Isles are a good long term fit for Halak- he’d be the clear cut starter and they have a ton of cap room along with a load of young talent and a new facility in Brooklyn after next season. Hopefully they can get a deal done but probably not because the Islanders

      • bcisleman - May 1, 2014 at 10:55 PM

        Because the Islanders…have re-signed just about anybody they have really wanted but Vanek? Blake, PA, Streiter & AMac all wanted too much and other overpaid for them. This deal will get done.

      • islesjb - May 2, 2014 at 12:11 AM

        just a little joke bruh

  10. capsnbohs23 - May 1, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    I like the move, Caps save money to resign Grabo and potentially get a top 4D

    • dglelite - May 1, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      The Caps didn’t save any money…he was not on contract for next year…that is why he was traded for the rights to negotiate a contract.

      Either way, a good move for both teams.

      The Caps weren’t going to keep him and get a fourth rounder anyways
      The Isles only spend a 4th rounder for a chance to sign a potential #1 goaltender.

      • capsnbohs23 - May 1, 2014 at 3:22 PM

        They do save money though, they saved about 4-5 million by not signing him

      • dglelite - May 1, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        I guess if they were ever going to sign him we saved 4-5mil…

        but seeing as were never signing him…especially after the St louis game debacle…we didn’t save anything but gained a draft pick

  11. earpaniac - May 1, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    If they sign him, it’s a nice move for a true #1 goalie.

  12. matt14gg - May 1, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Not sure I’ve ever seen a guy be a member of 4 different teams in a single season before.

    • dp2310 - May 1, 2014 at 3:27 PM



    • JoeAvg - May 1, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      Yeah. That’s what you call a journeyman there. Who was the kid who went from Carolina to Pittsburgh to Nashville and then back to Carolina last year? Can’t remember his name but that kinda qualifies.

      • c9castine - May 1, 2014 at 4:21 PM

        zach boychuk

  13. 7mantel - May 1, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    As a NYR fan I’m looking forward to the Islanders getting back into the mix ! With the young talent they have and if they sign Halak it will ratchet up the rivalies a bit between the three teams in Metro area .

  14. hanspard - May 1, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Halak is going to let you down. He just is. Doesn’t seem to be the most mentally strong willed guy. Seems to be a lot of coaches left in his wake who weren’t thrilled with his commitment or results.

  15. bcisleman - May 1, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    If they re-sign Halak, they will be free to use the #5 for a big deal like Kane.

  16. bcisleman - May 1, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    I’d still deal for Reimer and use him as #2.

  17. jetfan74 - May 2, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    I was getting tired of seeing an empty net every game!!! Get it done. I don’t know about anyone else but I was extremely impressed w/ how the young guys played after JT went down. There is plenty of reason to be optimistic for years to come!!!!

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