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Canucks find their back-up goaltender, sign Jaroslav Halak to a one-year, bonus-laden deal

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The 36-year-old will join his sixth NHL team.

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Jaroslav Halak #41 of the Boston Bruins in the net against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the TD Garden on April 3, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images

Back in 2010, I was Jaroslav Halak’s biggest fan.

Okay, that might be a bit of an overstatement, but the pride of Slovakia set himself up for a wonderful NHL career after back-stopping the Montreal Canadiens to the Conference Finals that season.

11 years later, Halak will join his sixth NHL team as a back-up for the Vancouver Canucks.

The native of Bratislava has been remarkably consistent throughout his 15-year NHL career. He has a career save percentage of .916, and he had a .918 save percentage over his three years in Boston.

However, last season, Halak did have a 905 save percentage, the lowest of his career since the 2012-13 season with St. Louis, where he had an .899 SV% in 16 games played.

The $1.5 million bonus on Halak’s contract (which is certainly attainable) will count towards this year’s salary cap if the Canucks have space to pay it. If not, it will count towards next year’s cap.