Caps trade Jaroslav Halak to Isles

Despite not having a General Manager, the Washington Capitals still pulled off a trade that sent pending unrestricted free agent G Jaroslav Halak to the New York Islanders in exchange for a fourth round draft selection.   It is a good move for the Caps, considering their chances of resigning Halak were slim to none.   The deal that brought Halak to DC sent Michal Neuvirth to Buffalo.  With Braden Holtby and Phillip Grubauer as net minders, Washington was not going to ante up the kind of money that Halak will be seeking as a UFA.  It made sense to get some kind of return for Halak.

Halak was acquired at the trade dead line to beef up veteran presence between the pipes.  However, the Capitals overall poor performance caused them to miss the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2007.  It costs both former Gm George McPhee and former head coach Adam Oates their jobs.  Halak posted a e went 5-4-3 with a .930 save percentage brief stint in DC.

The fourth round draft pick was a previously acquired draft choice by New York from the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Veteran defenseman Tom Poti has retired after fourteen NHL seasons. He played a total of 824 NHL games between the Washington Capitals, Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, and New York Islanders, in which he tallied 69 goals, 258 assists for 327 regular season points.  Poti joined the Caps for the 2007-08 season as a free agent and ended his tenure, his last active season in the NHL, with Washington in 2012-13.  After playing in 70 games on the Caps blue line in 2009-10 season, he fell to 21 in 2011-12 and 16 in 2012-13.  He missed all of last season with a continuing groin injury that effectively ended his playing time in the NHL.