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Islanders Place Halak on Waivers

Islander fans were surprised to see PA Parenteau placed on waivers before the start of the season and perhaps they are more surprised to find that today, Jaroslav Halak has been placed on waivers.

Following the Islanders’ 2013-2014 season, they found themselves at the bottom of the standings despite making the playoffs the season before that. While other teams were in the playoffs, the Islanders made a trade. That trade was sending a fourth round pick to the Washington Capitals in exchange for the rights to goaltender Jaroslav Halak. A couple of weeks later, Halak signed a four-year, $18 million dollar contract.

In his first season with the Islanders he was in the All-Star game and set a franchise record for wins in a season by an Islanders goaltender. He finished the regular-season with a 38-17-4 record, a 2.43 goals against average, and .914 save percentage. In the playoffs he was stellar and kept the team in many games including game seven which they would lose 2-1 despite being out-shot 26 to 11. In the playoffs he had 2.30 goals against average, and .926 save percentage in all seven games.

The following season he would basically split the net with Thomas Greiss, the Islanders’ free agent signing that summer. He would finish the season 18-13-4 with a 2.30 goals against average, and .919 save percentage before going down with a season ending injury in early March. Thomas Greiss took over the starting job and helped lead the Islanders to their first playoff series win in 23 years.

For the second straight year, the Islanders went with three goaltenders on their roster for the 2016-2017 season. Jaroslav Halak, Thomas Greiss, and J-F Berube. Halak, along with Thomas Greiss made the Team Europe roster for the World Cup of Hockey and Halak was the starter. He was very impressive and was one of the big reasons Team Europe made it to the finals. So far, Halak has a 6-8-5 record, a 3.23 goals against average, a .904 save percentage, and one shutout. Last night he got the start in goal and after allowing four goals on 25 shots he was pulled and J-F Berube, who was backing him up, came in. After the game, a game they would eventually come back in but still lose 6-4, Capuano made some comments about Halak…

Capuano: “Jaro wasn’t sharp at all, he gave up some soft goals and we had to battle back. We did against a real good team.”

— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) December 30, 2016

 

More Capuano: “We needed a better effort from Jaro, quite honestly… Four goals on 24 shots isn’t going to get it done.” — Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) December 30, 2016

Halak did not come out to speak to reporters, despite being requested to appear.

— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) December 30, 2016

The following day, today, Halak has been placed on waivers. Around 12:00 pm ET tomorrow he will find out if he cleared waivers or did not. If he did, he would most likely go down to Bridgeport. If he doesn’t, that means a team has claimed him off waivers and he is no longer a New York Islander.

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