For teams in National Hockey League that are in desperate need of help between the pipes this season there is one more option available on the free agent market today.
On Monday, NHL Insider Chris Johnston reported that veteran goaltender Jaroslav Halak was being released from his professional tryout offer with the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes signed Halak to the tryout offer earlier this month when it was revealed that Hurricanes goaltender Frederik Andersen had been sidelined with a blood clotting issue.
Update: According to Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind'Amour it was Halak who made the decision to end the PTO.
"[The decision to end the agreement] was more on his side," said Brind'Amour. "It was a mutual kind of thing. That's a tough spot to be for him. I think he realized that it's tough at the end of the road to make those decisions when you've got a family and everything."
The 38 year old did not appear in any games for the Hurricanes organization during his tryout, and his most recent NHL expereince comes last season as a member of the New York Rangers. During his time with the Rangers, Halak appeared in 25 games and posted a 2.72 goals against average and .903 save percentage on the season.
There are a number of teams in the NHL that have had goaltending woes this season, but it remains to be seen if the veteran Halak will manage to earn himself another NHL contract over the course of this current season.
Halak currently has 581 career NHL games to his name with a 2.50 goals against average and a .915 save percentage over that stretch.