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.

Marissa has a B.A. in Communications with a minor in Arts and Entertainment Management from Pace University in New York City and and a MSEd from Hofstra University on Long Island. A history teacher by profession, sports and entertainment were her first loves. She got her start in journalism at the age of fourteen, having her own radio show and interviewing bands for her high school radio station.. A long time Islanders fan, she was hooked after attending her first game at the age of seven. Marissa has worked for the New Jersey Devils and NBC.

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