The New York Islanders have acquired goaltender Jaroslav Halak from the Washington Capitals in exchange for the Chicago Blackhawks' fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Halak is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The Islanders now have a two-month window in which to negotiate a new contract with the keeper before he is free to negotiate with the other 29 NHL clubs.
The Slovak netminder has now been property of four different teams in the last two months. He began the season with the St. Louis Blues, but was dealt to the Buffalo Sabres as part of the package that landed the Blues Ryan Miller and Steve Ott. The Sabres flipped him to the Capitals four days later before he was able to play a game for Buffalo.
In 52 games with the Blues and Capitals, Halak posted a 29-13-13 record with a 2.38 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.
The Islanders previously acquired the pick from Chicago in the trade that sent Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard to the Blackhawks.
Originally selected in the ninth round (271st overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, Halak has a 144-85-29 record with a 2.38 goals-against average, a .918 save percentage and 30 shutouts between the Canadiens, Blues and Capitals.