If the Islanders make any big splash at the trade deadline, the first will reportedly involve their veteran netminder.
The Fourth Period reports that the Islanders are in talks with “at least three teams” about a trade for goalie Jaroslav Halak. TFP previously beat everyone to the Ben Bishop trade to the Kings, so this might hold some water.
With at least 3 teams in mix, Halak trade may not occur until tomorrow. But all signs point to him being moved.— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) February 28, 2017
There’s no reports out as of this writing about who might be involved in such a trade. Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said on Monday that the market for goalies was pretty quiet, leading us to believe Marc-Andre Fleury might stay put in Pittsburgh.
Obviously things change quickly during trade deadline week!
Halak’s $3.55 million contract is currently buried on the Islanders’ books as he plays with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League. New York stashed him down there earlier this season after a run of poor play and months of keeping three goalies (including Thomas Greiss and Jean-François Bérubé) on their roster.
Since then, Halak has gone 14-2-1 with a .933 save percentage and a 1.91 goals against average. The 31-year-old has one year remaining on his contract after this season.