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New York Islanders Free Agents We’ve Seen For Last Time

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Goalie Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders looks on after allowing a goal to Matt Niskanen #2 of the Washington Capitals during the second period at Capital One Arena on March 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Goalie Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders looks on after allowing a goal to Matt Niskanen #2 of the Washington Capitals during the second period at Capital One Arena on March 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 18: Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders is beaten by a shot by Jaccob Slavin #74 of the Carolina Hurricanes (not shown) at 2:50 of the first period at the Barclays Center on March 18, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 18: Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders is beaten by a shot by Jaccob Slavin #74 of the Carolina Hurricanes (not shown) at 2:50 of the first period at the Barclays Center on March 18, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Jaroslav Halak

Cap Hit: $4.5 million

There’s no reason to bring Jaroslav Halak. Think of him as the guy or girl you just broke up with. The two of you didn’t get along or didn’t mesh and so you ended it. But now, as you realize trying to find someone isn’t easy you’re thinking of going back.

Because even though there were flaws, you knew what you were getting. That’s what going back to Jaro would be like.

In 2017-18 Jaro put up a disappointing .908SV% and 3.19GAA. It wasn’t all his fault, the defense in front of him wasn’t any good either. But Jaro didn’t help his case either. Soft goals and untimely errors were rampant from start to finish this season.

It’s not like the Islanders have a better option on the roster right now. Linus Soderstrom might be the best option, but he has yet to play in North America. Maybe I shouldn’t be hanging my hat on such a small issue, but we don’t actually know what he’ll be like.

What about trying to land St Louis’ Carter Hutton a “back up” that’s put up .923 SV% and 2.23 GAA in 62 starts over two seasons. With that type of goaltending, immediately have an above average NHL goalie.

Hutton’s making $1.125 million on the cap and is in the last year of his deal. He’s probably going to be the best available goalie in the unrestricted free agency window. He’s not going to come cheaply. But getting above-average NHL goaltending numbers has to be one of two goals this offseason for the New York Islanders.

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