Halak will get the starting nod against the Penguins on Friday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. It will be quite the welcome back party for Halak who will face off against the league's most potent offense -- 3.42 goals per game -- after having not suited up in an NHL contest since Dec. 29. The netminder performed well in the minors as he posted a 17-7-3 record with a .925 save percentage. The Isles remain two points behind the Bruins for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. With nothing to lose, it make sense New York decided to bring back the 31-year-old to see if he can take them on a run.
Halak was recalled from AHL Bridgeport on Thursday. Halak hasn't played in an NHL game since Dec. 29, when he surrendered four goals on 24 shots against the Wild as the last straw before his demotion to the minors. However, the Isles have pulled him back to the parent club with a playoff spot to be had; the veteran tender has, after all, looked impressive with the Sound Tigers -- 17-7-1 with a 2.15 GAA and .925 save percentage. Halak could occasionally spell starter Thomas Greiss down the stretch, though Jean-Francois Berube is also in the mix.
The Islanders are considering calling up Halak from Bridgeport of the AHL, Steven Marcus of Newsday reports. In 23 games with Bridgeport Halak has posted a 2.19 goals against average to go along with a .923 save percentage. With the Islanders attempting to secure the last playoff spot in the eastern conference they may look to Halak to provide a spark during the stretch run. Thomas Greiss has performed admirably in net but has a sub .900 save percentage in both February and March. The Islanders next play Wednesday versus the Rangers.
Halak has cleared waivers and been assigned to Bridgeport of the AHL, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Halak was placed on waivers after a poor performance in the Islanders 6-4 loss to Minnesota on Thursday. The Islanders had tried to trade Halak earlier this season but his contract and poor play made that next to impossible. Halak could always be called back up should the need arise but most assume that he has played his last game for the Islanders.
Halak was waived by the team on Friday. Halak being waived will likely catch fantasy owners and fans alike by surprise considering he has been the Isles' No. 1 netminder for much of the season; however, after being benched for five consecutive outings, the 31-year-old allowed seven goals in his previous two appearances including getting the hook Thursday. At this point, New York may just be making a procedural move that would allow them to reassign Halak to the minors in the future, but he is now open to being claimed the rest of the league. Perhaps general manager Garth Snow is not be too worried about losing the Czech when you consider his hefty $4.5 million cap hit.
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