Capitals deal Jaroslav Halak to Islanders for draft pick

The Capitals traded goalie Jaroslav Halak to the Islanders for a fourth-round draft pick on...

The Capitals traded goalie Jaroslav Halak to the Islanders for a fourth-round draft pick on Thursday, May 1, 2014. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Mike Zeisberger, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:12 PM ET

Have hockey bag, will travel.

That should be Jaroslav Halak’s mantra.

The veteran goaltender Thursday joined his fourth team in 10 weeks after the Washington Capitals dealt him to the New York Islanders for a fourth-round draft pick.

Halak is a pending unrestricted free agent this summer, so the assumption is that the Isles made the deal because they feel confident they can sign him.

Then again, this is the shipwreck known as the Islanders we’re talking about here so you never know.

After going a stellar 24-9-4 for the Blues this season, Halak was dealt to the Buffalo Sabres as part of the trade that brought Ryan Miller to Buffalo. In the end, Miller - the Blues so-called “saviour” - couldn’t get St. Louis out of the first round of the playoffs.

How’d that work out? Somewhere, Halak must have been chuckling.


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