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.
There's no discouragement in that room. There's no issues there at all to be honest with you. It's more about, 'Hey, it's opportunities for players.' And if we become that bad of a team because of one player, it's not a real good sign for our hockey club. So this is part of sports. It's part of hockey.
— Bruins coach Claude Julien on the loss of Zdeno Chara to injury