A day after adding Dustin Penner to the fold, the Washington Capitals acquired Jaroslav Halak and a 2015 third round pick from the Buffalo Sabres in a last-second deadline deal, sending back least goalie Michael Neuvrith and defenseman Roistlav Klesla. The Capitals struggled to find consistent goalie play all season, with Neuvrith, Braden Holtby, and Philipp Grubauer each seeing time in net. While Holtby has played the bulk of the time, Washington was looking upgrade at the position leading up to the 3 p.m. trade deadline.
Goalie Michal Neuvirth is heading back to the Sabres in the Jaroslav Halak deal.— John Vogl (@BuffNewsVogl) March 5, 2014
Halak likely becomes the starter for the Capitals, who currently sit in fifth place in the Metropolitan Division and 10th place in the Eastern Conference, but only five points short of the fourth place Lightning. In 40 games with the Blues this season, before he was traded to and then dealt by the Sabres, Halak posted a 24-9-4 record, with a .917 save percentage and a 2.23 goals against average.
This ends a busy trade deadline for the Sabres, who dealt Ryan Miller, Steve Ott, Matt Moulson, and Halak.