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March 24, 2017 | 11:13am ET
Oilers had deal for Halak

The Edmonton Oilers came close to acquiring goaltender Jaroslav Halak prior to the March 1 trade deadline, but the deal fell through.

Halak, who has one-year left on his contract, has recently been recalled by the New York Islanders after spending time with the AHL affiliate.

The 31-year-old posted a 17-7-1 record with a 2.15 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage while with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this season.

The Oilers and Islanders were working towards a trade the day before the deadline, but it's believed Isles GM Garth Snow nixed it presumably after being unable to land another goalie for Bridgeport, based on Snow's comments after not dealing him.

Snow was also unwilling to eat a major chunk of Halak's remaining salary -- Halak is earning $4.75 million in actual salary this season, and will make $5 million in actual salary next season.

"Like a lot of teams, we had conversations and when it gets to the point where it doesn't make sense anymore, you withdraw," Snow said on March 1 after the deadline. "We went down a lot of different avenues but there wasn't a fit."


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