The Islanders have signed Jaroslav Halak to a four year $18 million contract ($4.5M). Not a bad contract for the Isles, in fact, it’s probably a pretty damn good one. Halak has the 11th best save percentage over the past five seasons and has proven himself in the playoffs. He has a cranky groin that will explode at least once during the year, but for a cap hit of $4.5 million, the Isles could have done way worse.
The Islanders had a save percentage of 89.4% this past season; the worst in the NHL. Marching out Kevin Poulin and Andres Nilsson for 47 games probably didn’t help. Improving between the pipes was priority numero uno for the Isles this summer. Signing Halak checks that off the list.
The Isles also announced that they’ve forfeited their 2014 1st round pick to the Sabres as a condition from the Thomas Vanek trade. As funny as it would be, I don’t think the Isles are in any danger of being terrible enough next year to ‘earn’ a lottery pick in 2015.