New York Islanders Defense is on Fire (Winners & Losers)
Loser: Jaroslav Halak
Jaroslav Halak is once again bemoaning the Islanders decision to keep three goaltenders on the active roster. But this time rather than go out to the media directly himself he let his agent Alan Walsh to the talking. Halak hasn’t been happy with three goalie situation in Brooklyn dating back to last season.
His issue seems to focus on the practice time. With three goalies Halak just can’t get the practice time he needs in order to stay match sharp. That’s understandable until you consider that Thomas Griess has the same practice time, yet he doesn’t seem to mind. Or at least his agent is taking to twitter to tell us all so.
And ok let’s face it, Halak hasn’t seemed like the goalie that backstopped Team Europe to the World Cup Finals just a few months ago. He hasn’t been bad, but he hasn’t stolen any games for the Isles yet. In fact, Greiss has looked like the better of the two.
All this serves to further is goalie drama on the team. The only winner in this is Thomas Griess, who is now the defacto number one after Walsh’s comments. Halak will get all the practice time he wants now that he’s been made available for trade.
Halak gets a loser vote this week for those reasons, he hasn’t played that well and he’s made his situation worse.