New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak is reported to be going under the knife to fix what seems to be a sports hernia. The timetable for recovery is scheduled for 6-8 weeks.
According to Newsday’s Arthur Staple the 31-year-old Jaroslav Halak requires another surgery to repair a sports hernia. According to Staple there is no word if Halak has already completed the surgery or not.
Don’t think this is a trick. This isn’t the same injury that originated in a game on March 8th against the Penguins. This is a new different injury that requires separate treatment from the original groin injury that kept him out of the lineup for the remainder of the Islanders season.
With rumors mounting of Halak’s displeasure with the goaltending situation in Brooklyn over the season, this latest news comes as another point of contention for the former Montréal Canadian and St. Louis Blue net minder.
Halak had a great 2015-16 season with the Isles. Before going down originally in March 8 Halak went 18-13-4 with a 2.3 GAA and a .919 SV%. Solid numbers for a starter. But in his absence emerged backup Thomas Greiss who was no slouch behind the crease. Greiss went 23-11-4with a 2.36 GAA and a .925 SV% during the regular season.
In the post-season Greiss helped the New York Islanders break a 23-year-old streak of never making past the first round with a 5-6 record and a 2.46 GAA and a .923 SV%. For a number of games against the Florida Panthers Greiss enabled his team to win, escaping games where the Isles were routinley outplayed with an important ‘W’.
With his strong performance, in the regular season and in the playoffs, Greiss has made a case for the starter job next season. Which furthers the plot of Halak’s growing frustration at life in New York.
With two capable starters in both Halak and Greiss, and an NHL calibre backup in Jean-Francois Berube, the New York Islanders are in a great position to deal either Halak or Greiss in order to acquire some missing pieces up front.