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Do the Isles finally have a goalie in Halak?

May 22, 2014, 4:44 PM EDT

Jaroslav Halak AP

Based on the numbers? Absolutely.

Consider: in 272 appearances for Montreal, St. Louis and Washington, Jaroslav Halak has a career NHL save percentage of .918. That puts the 29-year-old in the company of Pekka Rinne (.918) and Sergei Bobrovsky (.919), and not all that far off from Henrik Lundqvist (.920).

Goalies with a career save percentage below Halak’s include Carey Price (.917), Jimmy Howard (.916), Ryan Miller (.915), Corey Crawford (.914), and many others with recognizable names.

If there’s a risk in signing Halak to a four-year deal, as the Islanders have done, it might be his health. Halak has a history of groin injuries, and that’s a concern for any goalie.

But the groin wasn’t an issue for Halak last season, thanks perhaps to a more dedicated offseason fitness regimen.  And at any rate, a risk-free goalie simply doesn’t exist. All of them can get injured. All of them struggle at times. It’s the nature of the position. If Isles general manager Garth Snow were to have signed Miller or Jonas Hiller, two other pending unrestricted free agents, there would’ve been no guarantees either.

Snow, to his credit, targeted Halak, and he got him. And Isles fans should be happy about that. Now it’s up to Halak to deliver, because there’s a lot more than just a playoff spot riding on their 2014-15 season.

Isles’ team save percentage, by season

2013-14: .894 (30th in NHL)
2012-13: .899 (T-24th)
2011-12: .898 (T-28th)
2010-11: .902 (T-23rd)
2009-10: .901 (T-23rd)
2008-09: .900 (T-23rd)

  1. bcsteele - May 22, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Out of curiosity…what was the Oilers team save percentage and where did it rank?

    Anyone? Anyone?

    • bwayblueshirt - May 22, 2014 at 5:03 PM


      • govtminion - May 22, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        Funny, but probably closer to the truth than not…

      • bwayblueshirt - May 22, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        2,686 shots against, 267 goals against, so almost exactly 900.

      • bwayblueshirt - May 22, 2014 at 5:21 PM

        Good for 27th, ahead of Calgary, Florida, and NYI.

    • Jason Brough - May 22, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      27th, .901

      • bwayblueshirt - May 22, 2014 at 5:22 PM

        What he said.

    • 950003cups - May 22, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      Their problem goes a lot deeper than in the crease. Their defense sucks

  2. sharksfan97 - May 22, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Garth Snow has got to be the worst GM in the league.

    • bcisleman - May 22, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      Really stupid post.

  3. c9castine - May 22, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    1 year 1 million too much

  4. islesjb - May 22, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Jason- you couldn’t have found a better picture of Halak? Typical

    • Jason Brough - May 22, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      I considered using one of Wade Dubielewicz.

      • islesjb - May 22, 2014 at 6:41 PM

        surprised you didn’t haha

  5. yodrianididit - May 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Great move!

  6. anthonykornheiser - May 22, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Hard to compare his save percentage with a lot of goalies you mentioned. They have all put in a much larger body of work

  7. flyboystransport - May 22, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Too much money for a guy that had just one really good season

  8. hanspard - May 22, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    The Blues knew not to count on him. Slovakia learned not to count on him. Oh, Islanders… you will learn…..

    • bcisleman - May 22, 2014 at 11:31 PM

      What did the Blues know? Look who they counted on, what it cost them and where it got them.

  9. bcisleman - May 22, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Isles are a better team than most give them credit for. Their surge into the playoffs last season was powered by a flash of the Nabby of old. He tired toward season’s end and the team limped into the playoffs before losing largely due to poor goaltending.

    Halak doesn’t have to be Hasek or Lundqvist. He just has to give the Isles a chance game in and game out. They’ll take care of the rest.

    Garth must not stop here. He must get a backup w/ #1 potential. It sould be obvious from the Price injury that a team must have a superb backup to win. Drafting a #1 fo the future is vital as well. Thatcher Demko would be a great get for the Isles in June.

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