WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The Washington Capitals have traded Michal Neuvirth and Rostislav Klesla to the Buffalo Sabres for veteran goaltender Jaroslav Halák and a 2015 third-round pick, the Capitals announced on Wednesday.
Klesla was acquired by the Capitals on Tuesday in a trade which sent Martin Erat to Phoenix.
Halak, 28, has posted a record of 24-9-4 with a 2.23 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage in 40 games with the St. Louis Blues this season. Halak currently sits ninth among NHL goaltenders in wins, 10th in goals-against average and third in shutouts (4).
Through his eight NHL seasons in Montreal and St. Louis, Halak has played in 260 career NHL games, earning a 139-81-26 record with a 2.38 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.
Halak has appeared in 23 career playoff games with Montreal and St. Louis (notably to Caps fan, shutting Washington down in the opening round of the 2010 playoffs), posting a record of 10-11-0 with a 2.42 goals-against average and a ..923 save percentage.
Halak’s career shootout save percentage of .711 ranks ninth among active goaltenders with at least 25 career shootouts.
Neuvirth, 25, has posted a 4-6-2 record with a 2.85 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage in 13 games with Washington this season. Klesla, 31, collected four points (one goal, three assists) and 24 penalty minutes with the Phoenix Coyotes this season.
The Caps have had a busy 24 hours before the NHL’s 3 p.m. trade deadline. On Tuesday, the team also acquired Dustin Penner from the Anaheim Ducks for a 2014 4th-round pick, as well as forward Chris Brown as part of the Erat deal.
This story will be updated as details unfold.