The Washington Capitals have acquired goalie Jaroslav Halak and a 3rd round pick from the Buffalo Sabres in return for Michal Neuvirth, Rostislav Klesla, and a sixth round pick. To be honest, I don’t understand that move at all. Halak is not a significant upgrade at goalie, nor did the Capitals need an upgrade at goalie. If they were going to upgrade something about their defense, it should have been their defense, not their goalie. Not to mention Halak takes up a ton of cap space and is a UFA after this year. From a cap space standpoint, this move makes sense: The Capitals will have $17,800,000 of cap space available for the 2014-2015 NHL season. For this season, it accomplishes very little.
Hopefully Jaraslov Halak and Braden Holtby are enough to carry the Capitals into the post-season. We all know what Halak is capable of in the playoffs.