The New York Islanders are considering bringing goaltender Jaroslav Halak back from Bridgeport of the AHL, notes Newsday’s Laura Albanese. Halak cleared waivers back at the beginning of January and has been in the minors ever since. With the Sound Tigers, the 31 year old has played quite well, collecting a 2.17 GAA and a .926 SV% in 24 games.
On the flip side, Jean-Francois Berube has not played well since moving into the number two role and has posted a 3.42 GAA and a .889 SV% on the season, both well below the league average. As a result, the team has asked Thomas Greiss to take on a much heavier workload which is starting to take its toll.
Just a couple of months ago, carrying three goaltenders was speculated as one of the reasons why the Islanders were struggling. Now, it may actually give them the boost they need to continue their push for a postseason spot.
More from the Metropolitan:
- Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is making progress as he recovers from an upper body injury and the team is hopeful that he will be able to start skating shortly, reports Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. There remains no timetable for his return and given where Pittsburgh sits in the standings, they can afford to ere on the side of caution and give him plenty of time to come back so that he’s healthy for the playoffs. Despite already missing 27 games heading into tonight, Letang is second on the team in blueline points with 34, trailing only Justin Schultz (46).
- While the injury to Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist might put a damper on their attempts to get out of a wild card spot and into a top three spot, it also represents quite the opportunity for backup Antti Raanta to show that he can handle a starting workload for at least a few weeks. He’s slated to be left unprotected in expansion and ESPN’s Craig Custance reports (Insider required) that multiple scouts from Las Vegas were scouting New York over the weekend. With one year left on his contract after this season at a cap hit $1MM, he could very well be someone the Golden Knights look to target.