It was a move that seemed destined to happen, and on Thursday morning the Islanders finally pulled the trigger.
The Islanders announced that goaltender Jaroslav Halak was recalled from AHL Bridgeport. The former Islanders starting goaltender was sent to the minors at the end of December after struggling through the first half of the year.
Halak went 6-8-5 in 20 starts with the Islanders this season and posted a 3.23 goals against average, but returned to form during 27 games in the AHL.
“Hockey life can be funny,” Halak told the New York Times in February. “Obviously, I didn’t expect after the World Cup I had that I would be playing in the A.H.L. this year. But it is what it is. I have to accept it and just work hard.”
And Halak has done just that during his time with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Halak was 17-7-3 with the Sound Tigers and posted a 2.15 goals against average, which is third best in the AHL.
Halak also recorded a .925 save percentage and had two shutouts in Bridgeport.
The Islanders remain in the playoff hunt with two important games with Pittsburgh and Boston over the weekend. Halak will likely see action in one of the two games, with New York playing on back-to-back nights.
While Halak will rejoin the team, JF Berube will not be sent down to the minors. Berube is ineligible to play in the AHL, so the Islanders will return to having three goaltenders on their roster.