In our first New York Islanders roundtable I asked the staff at Eyes on Isles: “Would you trade Jaroslav Halak? And if so, what would you want in return?”
The New York Islanders will continue to carry three goaltenders on the active roster for the 2016-17 season. The trio of Jaroslav Halak, Thomas Greiss, and Jean-Francois Berube, like last season, will split the starts, with Halak getting the bulk of them, and less as you go down the line.
Jean-Francois Berube, again, like last season, will be used to plug any goaltending gaps in the lineup between both the NHL and AHL squads. He played in 12 games between the Islanders and Sound Tigers in 2015-16,
Three goaltenders is a crowd. Last season Jaro Halak was none too pleased with the three goalie situation. For good reason, one of the two is going to be stealing starts from him.
The idea of trading a player often gets misconstrued for not liking said player. If you liked him you’d keep him? It’s a fair point to make.
But what if the market value for that player is too high to pass up? What if there was a Godfather-like scenario, where an offer came across Garth Snow’s desk that he simply could not refuse. Then, a deal would at least need to be considered?
With outstanding performances in the World Cup of Hockey for Team Europe Halak immediately becomes an attractive target for teams looking for shot-stoppers.
And with is nice little $4.5 million cap hit, he presents real good value to a team looking for a great starter without having to shed a ton of cap space.
So what do Eyes on Isles staffers think of the proposition? Should the Isles trade Jaro?