The Jaroslav Halak Era on Long Island Ends, Goalie Put on Waivers

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At just after noon today, the Islanders announced that goaltender Jaroslav Halak was placed on waivers. Halak, 31, went 6-8-5 this season and carried at 3.23 GAA and .904 save percentage.

Just two years removed from setting an Islanders franchise record for wins in a season with 38, Halak has not performed well this season. With Thomas Greiss playing well this season (8-5-0, 2.48 GAA and .922 save percentage), the Islanders felt they could shed the goaltender, finally solving the “three headed goalie” situation and, at the same time, saving money.

This leaves the Islanders in an interesting position moving into the summer of 2017. The Islanders have a few goalies in the minors (Eamon McAdam and Stephon Williams) and in Russia (Ilya Sorokin) they can choose to assume the backup position. Sorokin has been playing at a high level in the KHL over the last two seasons and might be a viable option. Last season, he had a .953 save percentage and 10 shutouts in 28 starts and helped CSKA reach Game 7 of the Gagarin Cup (KHL’s Stanley Cup) before losing to Magnitogorsk. This season, he is 19-5-5 with a 1.59 GAA and a .928 save percentage. This past summer was his first trip to the United States.

They also have J.F. Berube, who may not want to stay with the organization after the situation he’s been in for the better part of two years. Unless Berube plays 30 games this season in total, he will be a UFA next summer.

There are 47 games left this season, meaning he would need to start 26 games (or 57% of the remaining schedule) to remain under Islanders control.

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