Multiple reports have stated that Buffalo Sabre goalie Jaroslav Halak has been traded to the Washington Capitals. Caps goalie Michal Neuvirth and recent acquisition Rostislav Klesla will be heading to Buffalo. The Caps will also receive a third round draft pick in 2015
Halak will almost undoubtedly get the top goalie spot in the Caps lineup, Braden Holtby as backup. To be frank, this was a bold and not smart move by GMGM. The Caps really needed people to help the D, not a net-minder and not a forward in Dustin Penner. While I like both these players, GMGM did not address the needed areas. Also, I will never forget the 2010 playoffs.
The Washington Capitals Organization has released the following statement.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 5, 2014
ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have acquired goaltender Jaroslav Halak and a third-round draft pick in the 2015 NHL Draft from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for goaltender Michal Neuvirth and defenseman Rostislav Klesla, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Halak, 28, has posted a record of 24-9-4 with a 2.23 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage in 40 games with the St. Louis Blues this season. Halak currently sits ninth among NHL goaltenders in wins, 10th in goals-against average and third in shutouts (4).
Through his eight NHL seasons in Montreal and St. Louis, Halak has played in 260 career NHL games, earning a 139-81-26 record with a 2.38 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. Additionally, Halak has appeared in 23 career playoff games with Montreal and St. Louis, posting a record of 10-11-0 with a 2.42 goals-against average and a ..923 save percentage. Halak’s career shootout save percentage of .711 ranks ninth among active goaltenders with at least 25 career shootouts.
The Bratislava, Slovakia native was awarded a share the William M. Jennings Trophy in 2011-12 for achieving the league’s lowest goals-against average (1.97). During that season, Halak ranked fifth in the NHL in goals against average, seventh in save percentage (.926 – career high) and tied for fifth in shutouts (six). Along with goaltender Brian Elliott, Halak tied a modern day NHL record for a goaltending tandem with 15 combined shutouts, surpassing the Blues’ mark of 13 set in 1968-69 by Jacques Plante and Glenn Hall.
—–UPDATE 4:32 PM——
Philipp Grubauer has been recalled from Hershey to fill in Neuvy’s vacant backup spot. Welcome back, Grubi!