We have our first major trade of the NHL offseason as the changes in the Nation’s Capital continue after the hockey team located there failed to impress anyone in 2013-14. After cleaning house and firing head coach Adam Oates and general manager George McPhee, the Capitals have erased the biggest trade those two made this season and have shipped goalie Jaroslav Halak to the New York Islanders in exchange for 2014 fourth-round draft pick.
Halak was acquired from the St. Louis Blues by way of a trade with the Buffalo Sabres before the deadline as Halak went from being a starting netminder in St. Louis at the beginning of the season to a guy who got flipped twice in the same week.
Washington is clearly going through wholesale change and the fact that Halak is set to become a free agent this summer only motivated them more to move on and not try and re-sign him. That’s not the duty of the New York Islanders, who have their own problems in the front office to deal with. Both Matt Moulson and Thomas Vanek are in the Conference Semifinals and both players were traded by New York over the course of the last year (Moulson for Vanek, then Vanek for next to nothing).
Re-signing Halak will be the task of the Isles front office now and Halak’s career has taken him now to four different teams in the span of less than as many months.