The Jaroslav Halak era in Washington is over.
#Caps have traded Jaroslav Halak (pending UFA) to NYI for a fourth rounder in 2014.
— Katie Carrera (@kcarrera) May 1, 2014
Halak was acquired by the Capitals from the Buffalo Sabres in March for goaltender Michal Neuvirth and defenseman Rostislav Klesla. He stopped 356 of the 386 shots he faced (.930 save percentage) in 12 games with Washington but becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. With Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer in the fold, it was unlikely Halak was a long-term solution. That’s why netting a fourth-round pick in the draft is not a bad deal.
According to Michael E. Schuckers’s What’s an NHL Draft Pick Worth?, a fourth-round pick has a 13.3 percent chance at playing 200 games at the NHL level within 2 1/2 years.
For a player who had a zero percent chance at playing any games for the Caps next season, it’s not a bad deal. Factor in the fact that Halak doesn’t like to face his former teams, and it could be a steal.