Report: Canucks open to moving Halak
The Vancouver Canucks are open to the idea of trading backup goaltender Jaroslav Halak, reports the Toronto Star's Chris Johnston.
Halak has two performance bonuses tied to the one-year contract he inked with the Canucks during the offseason. He will be owed $1.25 million if he appears in 10 contests this season and will earn an additional $250,000 if he finishes the year with a save percentage above .905, according to CapFriendly.
If he can unlock the bonuses, the money would count against the Canucks' salary cap next year. As a result, Halak's contract only carries a cap hit of $1.5 million this season.
Halak has currently appeared in eight games and owns a .915 save percentage this season. He's finished with a mark below .905 only once in his career - in 2012-13 with the St. Louis Blues - and appeared in fewer than 10 games once in 2007-08.
Thatcher Demko is locked into the Canucks' starting role, as he's played 27 games this season. The club also has goaltender Spencer Martin on its taxi squad and youngster Michael DiPietro in the AHL.
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