Up until December 29th, 2016, Islander goaltender Jaroslav Halak had not been playing well considering the $4.5 million AAV the Islanders pay him until the end of the 2017-2018 season. The team looked around the league to trade him but couldn’t find a team to trade with. So following a poor performance on December 29th in Minnesota, Halak was placed on waivers. The following day it was announced that he had cleared waivers and so he headed to Bridgeport to play for the Islanders’ AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Halak went 17-7-3 with the Sound Tigers including a .925 save percentage, a 2.15 goals against average, and two shutouts. Following the Isles’ 3-2 win over the New York Rangers and ahead of back-to-back games against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins, the Islanders decided to call Halak up. Halak has a 6-8-5 record at the NHL level this season with a 3.23 goals against average, a .904 save percentage, and one shutout. It is very likely that we can see Halak back in goal as soon as tomorrow.