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According to numerous reports, the Islanders announced that they signed goalie Jaroslav Halak to a 4 year deal worth 18 million dollars.
The Islanders acquired Halak's rights from the Capitals on May 1st in exchange for a 4th round pick in this years draft.
The combination of Evgeni Nabokov, Anders Nilsson, and Kevin Poulin left the Islanders with among the worst goalie stats in the entire NHL last season. The addition of Halak will go a long way in fixing that ailment of the team.
Last season, in 52 games split between the St Louis Blues and the Washington Capitals Halak had a 2.25 GAA and a .921 save percentage. Those numbers will provide a huge upgrade for the Islanders in net as they look to make the playoffs in their final season at Nassau Coliseum before moving to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Well, color me impressed. I didn't think the Islanders would be able to close the deal with Halak and would end up needing to trade him much like the Christian Ehrhoff case a couple years ago. This needs to be just the first step of a busy summer for Garth Snow and the Islanders front office if they hope to improve on last years disappointing season.