The Washington Capitals traded goaltender Jaroslav Halak to the New York Islanders on Thursday for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft.
The deal gives the Islanders exclusive negotiating rights with Halak until July 1, when he will become an unrestricted free agent.
The 28-year-old Halak posted a 24-9-4 record and 2.23 goals-against average with St. Louis before being traded to the Buffalo Sabres at the end of February as part of a deal that sent goaltender Ryan Miller to the Blues. Halak never suited up for Buffalo, which traded him to Washington for goaltender Michal Neuvirth and defenseman Rostislav Klesla. With the Capitals, Halak went 5-4-3 with a 2.31 GAA and .930 save percentage.
The departure of Halak was no surprise with the ouster Capitals general manager George McPhee and head coach Adam Oates since the season ended. Brian MacLellan, the team's assistant general manager, completed the trade.