The Islanders have recalled goaltender Jaroslav Halak on loan from Bridgeport, the team announced Thursday.
Interim head coach Doug Weight told Newsday's Steven Marcus on Monday that the team was considering recalling Halak.
"There's a lot of talk about it," Weight said. "He's played really well, he's had a great attitude. We'll see what transpires here in the next couple of days."
The Islanders have used Thomas Greiss and J.F. Berube in net since Halak cleared waivers and was assigned to the AHL in late December.
Halak was 6-8-5 with the Islanders prior to his demotion, recording a 3.23 goals against average and .904 save percentage in 21 total games. With Bridgeport, he is 16-7-1 with a 2.19 goals against average and .923 save percentage.
Greiss, who signed a three-year, $10 million extension in January, is 24-16-5 with a 2.69 goals against average and .913 save percdentage in 46 games, while Berube has a 3.42 goals against average and .889 save percentage in 14 games.
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Let bygones be bygones, I guess? General manager Garth Snow, who created the three-goaltender circus himself, then chose to correct it by banishing the 31-year old veteran of almost 400 NHL games to the AHL due to, in part, a falling out with his agent, Allen Walsh, has now recalled the goaltender in an attempt to push the team into the playoffs.
Halak was superb in Bridgeport, showing a professional attitude according to all who surrounded him, specifically head coach Brent Thompson and Sound Tigers beat reporter, Michael Fornabaio. He kept the team in the hunt for a berth in the Calder Cup playoffs by posting a 17-7-1 mark in 27 games, with 2 shutouts, a 2.15 GAA and .925 save percentage.
Now, even with the quality of opposition being below that of NHL sniper standards, those are impressive numbers, and with J.F Berube failing miserably in backing up Thomas Greiss and three sets of back to backs remaining on the 2016-17 schedule, beginning with this weekend against Pittsburgh and Boston, this move was an absolute necessity.
You always worry about the primary club before the feeder club, unfortunately for Thompson and the Sound Tigers. Not sure why it might have taken Snow so long to figure that out, however.