Islanders sign netminder Jaroslav Halak to four-year pact

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The New York Islanders have signed veteran goaltender Jaroslav Halak to a four-year contract.

The Islanders acquired Halak from Washington in exchange for the team’s fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft May 1. That fourth-round pick had been acquired in a trade with Chicago on February 6, 2014 in exchange for forwards Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Peter Regin.

The 29-year-old Halak split his eighth National Hockey League season between the St. Louis Blues, Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals, compiling a 29-13-7 record in 52 games.

He was dealt from St. Louis to Buffalo for a package that included Ryan Miller and Steve Ott on March 1, 2014 and was then traded to Washington on March 5, 2014 before playing a game with the Sabres.

In 272 career NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis and Washington, Halak has a 144-85-29 record with a 2.38 goals-against average, a .918 save percentage and 30 shutouts.

Halak also appeared in 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games with Montreal and St. Louis, compiling a 10-11 record with a 2.42 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage.

He helped lead Montreal to the Eastern Conference Final in 2010 and winning the Jennings Trophy in 2011-12 for backstopping St. Louis to the fewest goals allowed in the league.

A ninth round (271st overall) pick by the Canadiens in the 2003 NHL Draft, Halak represented Slovakia at two Winter Olympic Games, three World Championships and two Junior World Championships.

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