The Washington Capitals acquired goalie Jaroslav Halak, the man that almost single-handedly knocked them out of the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs, and a third round pick in the 2015 draft from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for G Michal Neuvirth and D Rostislav Klesla, acquired Tuesday in a trade with Phoenix.
From the press release:
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.
While many thought goaltending was the least of the Caps problems this season, the move frees the team from Neuvirth’s salary next season. Combined with the Erat move on Tuesday, and the salary cap going up for next season, the Caps seem to be sitting pretty this offseason.