Halak signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Canucks on Wednesday, Ben Kuzma of The Vancouver Province reports.
Halak drew into 19 games with the Bruins last season, going 9-6-4 with two shutouts while posting a 2.53 GAA and a .905 save percentage. Thatcher Demko will be Vancouver's unquestioned No. 1 netminder in 2021-22, but Halak should make 20-30 starts as the team's No. 2 option.
Halak allowed four goals on 21 shots Tuesday in a 4-3 overtime loss to New Jersey.
The veteran netminder was making his first start since April 3 and was unable to nail down a 2-1 lead in the third period. Halak has been roughed up to the tune of an .843 save percentage over his last four appearances -- although he's won two of them -- and has likely fallen behind rookie Jeremy Swayman on the Boston depth chart behind No. 1 starter Tuukka Rask.
Halak will start Tuesday's night's game against New Jersey.
Halak's only appearance since clearing the NHL's COVID-19 protocols after missing time last month was April 23 in relief of Tuukka Rask. His last start was back on April 3 and at this stage impressive rookie Jeremy Swayman is probably ahead of Halak in the Bruins' goaltending pecking order as the playoffs approach. Either way, Rask is on track to be leaned on heavily by the team once the league's postseason slate starts.
Halak stopped four of five shots after replacing Tuukka Rask early in the third period of Friday's 6-4 loss to the Sabres.
Unfortunately for Halak, the loss goes on his ledger despite the fact the Bruins were down 4-1 when he entered the game, as the one goal he allowed proved to be the game-winner. It was a tough way for the veteran netminder to make his first appearance since clearing the COVID-19 protocols, but on the season he still carries a solid 2.45 GAA and .909 save percentage.
Halak (not injury related) was activated from the non-roster list and served as backup to Jeremy Swayman in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Sabres.
Halak didn't get into the game, but he should be in the mix for action soon. Tuukka Rask is already scheduled to start Friday versus the Sabres, so Halak's earliest chance to get into the crease would likely be Sunday against the Penguins.
Halak, who was removed from COVID protocol Saturday, has resumed skating and will travel with the Bruins for the team's upcoming five-game road trip that starts Tuesday night against the Sabres.
Given that Tuukka Rask has returned to action and rookie Jeremy Swayman has been playing well of late, the Bruins can afford not to rush Halak back. It remains unclear when he'll garner his next start, but it's seems plausible that he could return to the lineup either Thursday or Friday night against the Sabres.
Halak cleared COVID-19 protocol and returned to the ice Sunday, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports.
Head coach Bruce Cassidy believes Halak will be ready to rejoin the team at practice soon, and he'll likely travel with the team on its upcoming four-game road trip to Buffalo and Pittsburgh. The 35-year-old netminder hasn't played since April 3. He sports a .910 save percentage and a 9-5-3 record this year.
Halak (COVID-19 protocol) remains out Tuesday night against the Sabres, Joe Haggerty of BostonHockeyNow.com reports.
Halak has missed the last five games and it's unclear when he'll be ready to return to action, as he figures to need some time work on his conditioning once medically cleared to take the ice. In the meantime, Jeremy Swayman is set to start Tuesday's game and Tuukka Rask (upper body) is a candidate to return to action Thursday against the Islanders.
Halak, who was placed in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol Monday, won't be available for Tuesday night's game against the Flyers.
Coach Bruce Cassidy noted Tuesday that the Bruins consider Halak day-to-day for now, pending further test results. With Tuukka Rask (upper body) still sidelined, Jeremy Swayman will start Tuesday's contest and will be backed up by Daniel Vladar.
Halak was placed in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol Monday, Conor Ryan of MassLive.com reports.
Halak produced a positive COVID-19 test and will miss Monday's game versus the Flyers. Tuukka Rask (upper body) has also been ruled out, so Daniel Vladar will start while Callum Booth will serve as the backup. If this isn't a false positive test, Halak will miss at least 10 days.
Halak turned aside 23 shots in Saturday's 7-5 win over the Penguins.
The veteran netminder continues to struggle, allowing at least four goals in four of his last seven games, but for the second straight start the Boston offense overcame Halak's poor performance. On the season, he still has a respectable 2.44 GAA and .910 save percentage, but those numbers stood at 1.88 and .927 less than a month ago.
Halak will patrol the crease during Saturday's home game versus Pittsburgh, Josh Getzoff of PensTV reports.
Halak wasn't great in his last start Tuesday versus New Jersey, surrendering four goals on 35 shots, but he was still able to secure his eighth win of the season thanks to strong goal support from his teammates. The 35-year-old netminder will attempt to earn a second straight victory in a tough home matchup with a red-hot Penguins team that's won five straight contests.
Halak stopped 31 of 35 shots through overtime and both shootout attempts in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout win over the Devils.
Halak gave up two goals in each of the first two periods but was bailed out by Boston's offense, which scored twice in the third period and twice in the shootout to secure the victory. Pressed into a starting role with Tuukka Rask (upper body) on the shelf, Halak's showing that he's better suited for his usual backup gig at age 35. He's just 2-3-1 in his last six starts, with the wins coming against the lowly Sabres and Devils.
Halak is in line to start Tuesday night's game against New Jersey, Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic reports.
With Tuukka Rask (upper body) still out, Halak is slated to be backed up by Daniel Vladar, who is a candidate to start Thursday night's game against the Penguins. Bolstering Halak's cause Tuesday is that both Brad Marchand (COVID-19 protocol) and Brandon Carlo (upper body) are set to return to the Bruins' lineup.
Halak stopped 28 of 29 shots in Sunday's 1-0 loss to New Jersey.
Halak was perfect aside from a Kyle Palmieri deflection goal late in the first period, but a depleted Bruins lineup -- with team scoring leader Brad Marchand (COVID-19 protocol) among the absences -- was unable to generate any offense at the other end of the rink. Halak has just one win in his last five starts (1-3-1), posting an .880 save percentage or worse in three of them. The 35-year-old dropped to 7-5-3 on the year with a 2.17 GAA and .919 save percentage.
Halak will defend the home net in Sunday's game against the Devils.
Daniel Vladar gets the starting nod in Saturday's game versus the Sabres, so Halak will be in net Sunday. Halak has held his own in March, posting a .926 save percentage and a 3-2-2 record through seven appearances. He figures to garner the bulk of the starts as long as Tuukka Rask (upper body) is out.
Halak replaced an injured Tuukka Rask after the first period of Thursday's game and made 17 saves in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Islanders.
Rask had just returned from an undisclosed injury, but he lasted just a single period before exiting. There is no update on his status. Halak has allowed 12 goals in his last four appearances and at least three in three of those four. Expect him to step into the top role again until Rask can return, but watch for overuse challenges. Halak has been an outstanding 1B goalie in a platoon, so we need to see how the weight of additional games might affect his performance, if at all.
Halak and the Bruins have had Saturday afternoon's game against the Sabres and Tuesday night's contest versus the Islanders postponed due to COVID-19 protocols, the NHL announced Friday.
The postponements follow news that several Bruins players have entered the NHL's COVID-19 protocols. Pending test results in the coming days, the team is expected be able to re-open its facilities and practice Wednesday. Boston's next scheduled game is March 25 at home against the Islanders.
Halak made 23 saves in a 4-1 win over the Sabres on Thursday.
The only goal he allowed came shorthanded when Kyle Okposo's shot from above the right circle deflected off Matt Grzelcyk's stick and went top shelf. Halak could return to his regular platoon as early as this weekend as long as Tuukka Rask comes through COVID protocols unscathed. Regardless, he's a strong activation.
Halak will start between the pipes in Thursday's road game versus Buffalo, NESN's Sam Panayotovich reports.
Halak has struggled a bit recently, suffering back-to-back losses to the Rangers and the Penguins while posting a sub-par 3.52 GAA and .879 save percentage. He'll try to get back on track in a highly favorable road matchup with a bottom-feeding Sabres squad that's 2-10-2 at home this year.