Bad news for free-agent veteran Jaroslav Halak

Is the curtain closing?



38-year-old goaltender Jaroslav Halak is once again an unrestricted free agent after not being offered a contract to come back for a second go-around with the New York Rangers following their signing of Jonathan Quick. 

And while he's said that he has no intention of hanging up the pads just yet, his desire to have the full-time backup role on a team may not be a possibility. He's got his heart apparently set on not being the third-stringer for someone, which may be the only role that he can realistically grab at this point in his career: 

Last season with the Rangers, he amassed a record of 10-9-5 playing behind reigning Vezina Trophy winner Igor Shesterkin while posting a 2.72 goals against average and .902 save percentage. 

He's well-traveled in his NHL career, having played for the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals, New York Islanders, Boston Bruins, and Vancouver Canucks. He also briefly spent time with the Buffalo Sabres, though he never made it into a game. 

He's posted a career record of 295-189-69 with a 2.50 goals against average, .915 save percentage and 53 shutouts.

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