On Thursday, May 22nd it was announced that the New York Islanders may have solved their long running goaltender problems. The team acquired 28 year old Jaroslav Halak on May 1st, 2014 and have agreed on a four-year contract with the net-minder. Halak has represented Team Slovakia at two Winter Olympics and has played for Montreal, St. Louis, and Washington. He has 272 career NHL games and 144-85-29 record.
The Islanders have also announced that they will be retaining their 2014 first round draft pick and transferring their 2015 first round pick to the Buffalo Sabres. The draft pick was part of the deal that sent Matt Moulson to Buffalo and brought Thomas Vanek to Long Island.