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Islanders acquire goalie Halak from Capitals

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 2:07 PM / News

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Islanders acquire goalie Halak from Capitals
The Washington Capitals traded goaltender Jaroslav Halak to the New York Islanders on Thursday in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

The Washington Capitals traded goaltender Jaroslav Halak to the New York Islanders on Thursday for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Halak will become an unrestricted free agent July 1, giving the Islanders two months to sign the Slovakia native to a contract extension.

This season, Halak, 28, had a 24-9-4 record and 2.23 goals-against average with the St. Louis Blues before being traded to the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 28. Halak never suited up for Buffalo, which traded him to Washington on March 5. In 12 games with the Capitals, he had a 5-4-3 record with a 2.31 GAA and .930 save percentage.

The fourth-round pick Washington receives originally belonged to the Chicago Blackhawks, who traded the selection to the Islanders on Feb. 6 for forwards Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Peter Regin.

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[He's] real confident with the puck now, getting it off his stick quick and no second-guessing. We need that. He's such a good guy in the room. He works so hard. That's the big thing. For not a big man, he just fights for every puck and when he scores, the guys appreciate that even more.

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