The Washington Capitals acquired veteran goalie Jaroslav Halak in a late trade deadline deal with the St. Louis Blues. Â In exchange, the Caps shipped goalie Michael Neuvirth, Â a 3rd round draft pick in 2015, and DÂ Rostislav KleslaÂ to the Â Blues. Â Those of you that thought the acquisition of Kelelsa was solid, well forget it, he is now heading to St. Louis.
Halak is best known by Caps as being the goalie that pretty much knocked the Caps out of the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs. Â His numbers this season have been pretty good. Â In 40 games between the pipes, Halak has recorded aÂ 24-9-4 with a 2.23 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. Â He ranks 9th among NHL goaltenders in wins, 10thÂ in goals-against average and 3rd in shutouts (4).
Neuvirth was a guarantee trade at some point. Â He lost favor to Braden Holtby and he was clearly unhappy.Â Neuvirth posted a 4-6-2 record with a .914 save percentage and 2.82 goals-against average this season. Â He started out the season injured as lost valuable playing time to Phillip Gurbauer. Â Overall, Neuvirth amassed a 59-41-13 record with a .910 save percentage and 2.67 goals-against average in his six seasons with the Capitals. Â He was a second round 2006 draft pick for the Capitals.
Essentially, what GM George McPhee did via this trade was ship off a young, decent goalie in exchange for an older, decent goalie. Â Makes little sense. Â Again, the problem with the Caps this season has not been between the pipes, but right on the blue line. Â
Meanwhile, Â Halak will become theÂ 10th goaltender the Capitals will have used over the past seven years.