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Jaroslav Halak | Goalie | #41

Team: New York Islanders
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 181
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 9 (271) / MON
Contract: view contract details

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Newsday’s Arthur Staple says Islanders general manager Garth Snow "would dearly love to shed a couple of the onerous contracts he has."
In this market, that seems hard to do. The Islanders have $5.5 million in projected cap space, according to, and they need to re-sign restricted free agents Ryan Strome and Alan Quine. Staple cites Jaroslav Halak (two years, $4.5 million per) and Mikhail Grabovski (two years, $5 million per), though the latter has dealt with concussions, playing 58 games this past season. Jul 2 - 9:25 PM
Source: Newsday

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Jaroslav Halak reportedly needs sports hernia surgery.

It's unclear if he has had the procedure already, but once he does it will take him approximately six-to-eight weeks to recover. Halak missed the last 17 games of the regular season and the playoffs because of a groin injury.
May 18 - 10:10 AM

Jaroslav Halak isn't sure what the Islanders will look like in the crease next season.

Thomas Greiss stepped up when Halak was hurt in 2015-16 and the Islanders like 24-year-old netminder Jean-Francois Berube. The three-goalie system isn't an ideal situation and it is unlikely to continue. "I like it here, but they just have to decide which way they want to go for next season," said Halak. "J-F is a young goalie, Greisser played well all season long. So we'll see." He posted 18 wins along with a 2.30 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage this past season, but he appeared in just 36 contests.
May 16 - 9:29 AM

Jaroslav Halak wasn't able to return from his groin injury before the New York Islanders were eliminated.

The Islanders might have stuck with Thomas Greiss either way, but they never even had a choice in the matter. The silver lining is that Halak appeared to be close to returning, so presumably he should be fine for the start of the 2016-17 campaign.
May 9 - 9:02 AM

Jaroslav Halak (groin) feels close to being ready to return.

He has been skating for a few weeks now, but there won't be any rush to get him back into the lineup. Thomas Greiss has been great in the postseason and the Islanders don't plan to use Halak as a backup yet because he hasn't played since Mar. 8. "It's always hard just to watch the guys from the press box or from home and not able to help," Halak said. "But I think they've done a good job and obviously now I'm just trying to get back. We'll see. Just take it day by day right now. That's all I can do. Hopefully I'll be back soon."
May 2 - 6:39 PM

Jaroslav Halak (groin) was on the ice with the Islanders on Friday.

Halak skated and took some shots. If he's getting close to returning, and we can't say for certain that he is, then it will be interesting to see where the Islanders go from there. At this point the starting job is probably Thomas Greiss' to lose.
Apr 29 - 2:25 PM

Jaroslav Halak (groin) was on the ice Wednesday, but he still isn't back to practicing.

He worked with goaltending consultant Marc Champagne during his session. Halak isn't expected to play in the first round of the playoffs because of a groin injury.
Apr 20 - 5:49 PM

Jaroslav Halak (groin) will not participate in the first round of the playoffs.

Halak has been skating, but as Islanders coach Jack Capuano recently stated, he's "still a ways away." Halak had a 2.30 GAA and .919 save percentage in 36 contests during the regular season.
Apr 12 - 12:40 PM

Jaroslav Halak (groin) won't be ready for Game 1.

Halak has been skating recently, though he took Monday off. More importantly though, Islanders coach Jack Capuano said on Sunday that Halak is "still a ways away." Halak last played on March 8.
Apr 12 - 11:28 AM

Jaroslav Halak skated in full goaltender equipment on Thursday.

This is a good sign for the Islanders even though Halak didn't take any shots on goal Thursday. It is just past the four week mark after Halak sustained the groin injury. It was initially thought that he would miss six to eight weeks with the injury. He seems to be right on track and the Islanders are hopeful for a soon return for their playoff run.
Apr 8 - 9:45 AM

Jaroslav Halak (groin) will miss at least three more weeks.

The Islanders have slumped since Halak went down almost three weeks ago as they are 3-5-2 during that time span. If all works out, he should be back at some point in the first round and the Islanders have to hope it's early in the series as Thomas Greiss has struggled of late. Halak is 18-13-4 with a 2.30 GAA and a .919 save percentage.
Mar 27 - 9:52 AM

Jaroslav Halak will be out of action for at least six weeks.

He suffered a groin injury late in Tuesday's win over Pittsburgh. Thomas Greiss will be counted on to fill in as the Islanders' starter during Halak's absence.
Mar 9 - 4:55 PM

Jaroslav Halak suffered a groin injury late in the Islanders' 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Halak left the contest with 4:22 minutes remaining in regulation time. He's not expected to be available for Wednesday's game, but beyond that the severity of his injury isn't clear. If Halak is out for an extended period of time then the Islanders will likely lean nearly exclusively on Thomas Greiss.
Mar 9 - 9:57 AM

Jaroslav Halak turned aside 31 of 32 shots in a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The 30-year-old was extremely solid for the Islanders on Tuesday night, being beaten only once by a great shot from Kris Letang at the 13 minute mark of the first period. Halak now sports an 18-13-4 record, a 2.30 goals-against-average and a .919 save percentage. Halak has put up five wins in his last six starts.
Mar 8 - 10:57 PM

Jaroslav Halak will face Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.

Halak comes in having won four of his last five games, though he allowed seven goals over his past two games. For the season he's 1-6-2 with 30 goals against and an .867 save percentage in 10 games against Atlantic division foes. There might be something to this as he's just 11-10-3 with a 2.64 GAA and .906 save percentage in 25 games against Eastern teams despite his overall quality numbers.
Mar 8 - 6:02 PM

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C1John Tavares
2Brock Nelson
3Mikhail Grabovski
4Casey Cizikas
5Alan Quine
LW1Andrew Ladd
2Anders Lee
3Jason Chimera
4Nikolay Kulemin
5Eric Boulton
6Shane Prince
RW1P. A. Parenteau
2Ryan Strome
3Josh Bailey
4Cal Clutterbuck
D1Johnny Boychuk
2Nick Leddy
3Travis Hamonic
4Calvin de Haan
5Thomas Hickey
6Adam Pelech
7Ryan Pulock
G1Thomas Greiss
2Jaroslav Halak