Latest on the Islanders – October 31, 2016
Updates on recent speculation regarding the New York Islanders’ goaltending in your NHL rumor mill.
NEW YORK POST: Dan Martin reports New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano didn’t explain why he chose to start Thomas Greiss over Jaroslav Halak in Sunday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, Martin feels it’s clear Halak isn’t pleased with the three-goalie situation, thanks to recent comments made by his agent Allan Walsh on Saturday questioning the Isles carrying three goalies this season.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman subsequently reported the Islanders were shopping Halak, but general manager Garth Snow declined to comment. Capuano also declined to comment on Walsh’s remarks. Martin notes the Isles are carrying Halak, Greiss and J-F Berube because they don’t want to expose Berube to waivers.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Peter Botte reports a source close to Halak claims the goaltender has not requested a trade. Greiss started three of the Isles last four games. This spring, Halak acknowledged expressing his displeasure over the three-goalie situation last spring, saying he tried to tell management it wasn’t ideal.
NEWSDAY: Arthur Staple reports two sources claim none of the Islanders goalies asked for a trade. The sources confirmed Snow sent an email around the league indicating Halak was available, but one of the sources said the Isles haven’t received any offers for the veteran netminder.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Halak may be available, but there doesn’t appear to be a market for his services right now. Sure, there are teams in need of help between the pipes, such as the LA Kings, Arizona Coyotes and Boston Bruins. But Halak’s the wrong fit for them. He’s a starter with an injury history carrying a $4.5 million cap hit through 2017-18. There’s a good reason why the Isles don’t want to place the more affordable Berube on waivers, as they know one of those clubs will grab him.