1) Jaroslav Halak must be traded
What a difference a year makes, or two, for that matter.
Despite playing for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL, Halak’s $4.5 million salary will remain on the Islanders payroll and that’s something that needs to be removed ASAP.
Halak has been vocal on his displeasure with the organization and has not handled this season well at all. Halak finished his NHL stint with the Isles with a .904 save percentage and a 3.23 GAA, some of the worst starting goalie stats in the NHL.
If they manage to get Halak off the books, that’s $4.5 million the (hopefully) new GM can use to finally get a steady winger for John Tavares.