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.
I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.
— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh