3 goaltender options for the NY Islanders if Semyon Varlamov is to miss any time

Jan 2, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) before the
Jan 2, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) before the / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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Jaroslav Halak, Free Agent

It's been over five years since Jaroslav Halak last pulled on an Islanders sweater, but it appears the 38-year-old still has the desire to strap on the pads.

Two weeks ago, Halak was on a PTO with the Carolina Hurricanes but was never signed as it appears the two sides mutually agreed to go their separate ways.

"[The decision to end the agreement] was more on his side. It was a mutual kind of thing," said Rod Brind'Amour on Halak's release. "That's a tough spot to be for him. I think he realized that it's tough at the end of the road to make those decisions when you've got a family and everything."

A former resident of Long Island, Halak could feel more comfortable returning to his old home than starting over in a new city. He wouldn't cost anything in terms of draft picks and would be signed to the league minimum.

Halak played just miles from UBS Arena last season, posting a 10-9 record with the NY Rangers, along with a 2.72 GAA, .903 SV%, and one shutout.