Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NHL Notes: Halak's Rights Go to Islanders

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NHL Notes: Halak's Rights Go to Islanders

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Islanders obtain rights to goalie Halak

The New York Islanders acquired the negotiating rights to former Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak from Washington on Thursday for a fourth- round pick in a trade between teams that failed to make the playoffs.

New York is sending the draft pick it acquired in February from Chicago in the deal that sent Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Peter Regin to the Blackhawks.

If a new contract isn't reached with Halak before July 1, the goalie, 28, can become an unrestricted free agent.

Halak split this season between the Blues and Washington and went a combined 29-13-13 in 52 games. He was traded by the Blues to Buffalo on March 1 in the deal the brought goalie Ryan Miller to St. Louis.

But he was sent to Washington four days later, before playing a game with Buffalo. Halak is 144-85-29 with a 2.38 goals-against average and 30 shutouts in his NHL career.

Canucks fire Tortorella * The Vancouver Canucks fired John Tortorella, one year into the fiery coach's long-term deal. Tortorella, who signed a five-year contract last summer after being dismissed by the New York Rangers, went 36-35-11 and failed to reach the playoffs. Assistant coach Mike Sullivan was also fired.

The Canucks' 25th-place finish in the 30-team NHL, their worst in 14 years, came just three seasons after former coach Alain Vigneault led the team to Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals.

Vigneault replaced Tortorella as coach of the Rangers and advanced to the second round of the playoffs with a Game 7 win over Philadelphia. Tortorella's dismissal came just weeks after general manager Mike Gillis was fired. The Canucks then named former team captain Trevor Linden as president of hockey operations.

Hart Trophy finalists * Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf and Philadelphia's Claude Giroux are finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy. …

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