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Just in case you've forgotten, Jaroslav Halak is the man who backstopped No. 8 Montreal to a stunning upset over the No. 1 Capitals in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal in 2010.
And according to ESPN, now he's been dealt to Washington.
In order to get the talented yet somewhat inconsistent netminder, McPhee had to deal Klesla and Michal Neuvirth, but given that the Caps also got a third-rounder as part of the deal, on paper, this is a pretty ideal return.
Halak went to Buffalo in the Ryan Miller blockbuster less than a week ago, but given his status as an unrestricted free agent, it seemed likely the Sabres would part ways with the Slovak Olympian in order to add pieces to aid the rebuilding process.
And in Neuvirth, a solid goaltender with postseason experience and another year on his deal, the Sabres are adding a guy who could either be a serviceable backup or a potential starter, so this deal works for both parties.
The Capitals would've loved to add a defenseman at the deadline, but McPhee still bolstered his club by adding a proven starting goalie for a pretty paltry price. Neuvirth was unhappy as a backup, and with Philipp Grubauer waiting in the wings, Washington has nothing to lose here. If Halak leads the Caps to a postseason berth and a lengthy run, great. But if not, it's not as if the team lost much in return, and McPhee managed to add a relatively high pick in the process.