Jaroslav Halak barely had time to unpack his things. After being acquired from the St. Louis Blues in the Ryan Miller deal, Halak has reportedly been moved to the Washington Capitals only a few days later along with a 2015 third round pick. Goalie Michal Neuvirth and defenseman Rostislav Klesla are coming back the other way.
Here's the official press release from the team:
Neuvirth (6’1", 209 lbs., 3/23/88), who was selected by the Capitals in the second round (34th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, joins the Sabres after appearing in 13 games in 2013-14, posting a 4-6-2 record, a .914 save percentage and a 2.82 goals against average.
A native of Ústí Nad Labem, Czech Republic, Neuvirth spent the first six seasons of his NHL career in Washington. In that time, he has appeared in 134 NHL games, compiling a 59-41-13 record with seven shutouts, a .910 save percentage and a 2.67 goals against average. He backstopped the Capitals to a 4-5-1 record in the 2011 NHL Playoffs, posting a .912 save percentage and a 2.34 goals against average.
Klesla (6’3", 215 lbs., 3/21/82) was acquired by the Capitals earlier today from the Phoenix Coyotes. In his 13th NHL season, the defenseman from Novy Jicin, Czech Republic has appeared in 25 games for the Coyotes, recording four points (1+3) and 24 penalty minutes. In 659 career games with the Coyotes and Blue Jackets, Klesla has totaled 159 points (48+111) and 620 penalty minutes.
Neuvirth has a 2.5 million dollar cap hit and is signed through next season.
Klesla was acquired by Washington earlier today as a part of the Martin Erat trade. The defenseman has played 659 games in the NHL for the Blue Jackets and Coyotes. According to Kevin Oklobzija of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle he'll be heading down to Rochester. He was waived by Phoenix earlier in the season and was sent down to AHL Portland.