BREAKING: Jaroslav Halak Signs a New Deal

Published February 15, 2024 at 7:13 PM
Long-time NHL goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who has been an unrestricted free agent since the end of last season, has signed a new pro hockey deal. However, it will see him playing outside of North America for the first time in a decade.

Goaltender Halak Finds a New Team

Halak, who has played 581 games in the NHL since being drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 2003, has signed on to play hockey in his hometown of Bratislava, Slovakia. However, there could be a hitch according to his new team, HC Slovan Bratislava of Tipos Extraliga



"I greatly appreciate Slovan's interest in my services. It is the club from which I bounced back to great overseas hockey. That is also why I would like to be absolutely correct and open to the club management, my future teammates and last but not least to Slovan's fans at this moment. I realize that I have not been in goal in a competitive match for more than ten months, even though I have tried to keep myself in good physical condition all this time. We have agreed with the management of Slovan that I will come to the club and sign a proper contract only if I will pass a thorough medical examination without any problems and my body will confirm that it is 100% ready to undergo the load in the matches that await the club at the peak of the season." - Jaroslav Halak

Team Signs Long-time NHL Goaltender Halak

In the meantime, the club has asked the league for an administrative delay to the transfer deadline in order to allow Halak to get in game shape.

In addition to seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, Halak spent time with the St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals, New York islanders, Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks, and the New York Rangers, the last NHL team he suited up with. He had a try out with Carolina earlier this season, however he was let go before signing a contract.