Jaroslav Halak signs professional tryout with Eastern Conference team to keep his NHL career alive

Published November 6, 2023 at 10:56
BY COOPER GODIN
On Monday morning, the Carolina Hurricanes shared that they've needed to dip into the free agent goaltending market due to Frederik Andersen dealing with a medical issue.

The Carolina Hurricanes could have called up Pyotr Kochetkov from the American Hockey League's Syracuse Crunch, where he's on a loan, but they've decided to go with a bit more experience and have signed veteran netminder Jaroslav Halak to a professional tryout contract (PTO).

"Goaltender Jaroslav Halak is joining the Hurricanes as a free agent tryout. Frederik Andersen is dealing with a medical issue and undergoing evaluations. An update will be provided when available, but no further comment will be issued until that time."

The Bratislava, Slovakia native has 17 years of NHL experience with the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals, New York Islanders, Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks and last season, the New York Rangers,


Halak, 38, appeared in 25 games with the Rangers as the backup to Igor Shesterkin. In those 25 games, Halak had a record of 10-9-5 with a 2.72 goals against average (GAA), a .903 save percentage and one shutout.

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