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May 1, 2014 | 2:00pm ET
Isles acquire rights to Halak, hope to sign him
TheFourthPeriod.com

The New York Islanders have acquired the rights to goaltender Jaroslav Halak from the Washington Capitals in exchange for a 2014 fourth-round draft pick.

The Islanders and Halak's agent Allan Walsh spoke shortly after the trade and plan on discussing again in the near future.

Halak, 28, was acquired by Washington on Mar. 5 from the Buffalo Sabres, who acquired him from the St. Louis Blues on Mar. 1.

The fourth-round pick Washington acquired originally belongs to the Chicago Blackhawks, who traded it to the Islanders on Feb. 6 for forwards Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Peter Regin.

Halak is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1 and could test the waters if he doesn't agree to a contract with the Islanders.

Walsh told TFP that "both sides will try hard to make a deal."

In 272 career NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis and Washington, Halak has a 144-85-29 record with a 2.38 goals-against average, a .918 save percentage and 30 shutouts.


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