Thu, May 1, 2014 at 2:25pm


The New York Islanders acquired goaltender Jaroslav Halak from the Washington Capitals for a fourth-round draft pick in 2014.

What does it give the New York Islanders
Slovakian veteran Halak is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, so the Islanders are being proactive here in their attempt to land a younger, more talented starting goalie over grizzled vet {P Evgeni Nabokov}--who is also going to become a UFA this summer and not expected back on Long Island. The Islanders aren't always successful in landing big-name free agents, but they are going to be very active. This is a very good gamble for a team in need of a new starter between the pipes. While the Isles like both {P Anders Nilsson} and {P Kevin Poulin}, neither is ready to a legitimate No. 1 man in the NHL for a contender.

What does it give the Washington Capitals
The Capitals are being handled by assistant General Manager Brian MacLellan until a new person is hired. In the meantime, the Caps are doing a bit of housecleaning here. It was evident that Halak had played his last game in D.C. so the club did well to acquire a fourth rounder for his rights. The pick was Chicago's, which was sent to the Islanders earlier this season in the {P Peter Regin} swap. With both Halak and {P Michal Neuvirth} (sent to Buffalo in the Halak deal) gone from the organization, Washington seems intent on moving forward with the young combination of {P Braden Holtby} and {P Phillip Grubauer} between the pipes.

Fantasy impact
This deal helps Holtby and Grubauer a lot, since they are likely to battle for playing time in training camp next season. As for Halak, his fantasy value is not quite as high as it was when he was with St. Louis, but still pretty good. After all, he's the clear starter with the Isles if he wants to re-sign there.

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New York Islanders

Jaroslav Halak G

Washington Capitals

a fourth-round draft pick in 2014