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Jaroslav Halak Joins Carolina On Tryout Amid Injury Concerns


November 6th, 2023 at 10:02am CST • By Gabriel Foley


The Carolina Hurricanes have announced that Jaroslav Halak has joined the team via a free-agent try-out in response to Frederik Andersen facing a medical issue. The team shared that Andersen is undergoing further evaluations but provided no further update.


Andersen has played in six games this season, setting a 4-1-0 record and a .894 save percentage. It’s a slow start for a goaltender who has been otherwise stellar in his time with the Hurricanes. Through a combined 92 games with the Hurricanes over the last three seasons, Andersen has recorded a .914 save percentage and a 60-26-4 record. That ties Andersen with Anton Khudobin for the second-highest save percentage in Hurricanes history, among goalies with 50 or more games with the club. Trevor Kidd leads the pack, with a .916 through his 72 games with Carolina. Andersen’s 92 games are also the 10th-most in Canes history.


In lieu of Andersen, Carolina will now turn to another veteran in Halak. The 38-year-old goaltender has continued to find his way into NHL lineups, most recently playing 25 games with the New York Rangers last season. He set a .903 save percentage in those games, contributing towards the career .915 save percentage that Halak has set in 581 career games.


But despite ample experience, it’s been a while since Halak served as a starter, with the last season that he played in over half of his team’s games coming in 2017-18 with the New York Islanders. Halak was unsurprisingly stout in the Islanders net that season, setting a .908 save percentage and 20-26-6 record through 54 games.


Halak hasn’t recorded a save percentage below .900 since the lockout year of 2012-13, when he tallied a .899 through 16 games with the St. Louis Blues. He is a reliable, veteran goaltender that should add some consistency to a Carolina goaltending room that’s now without its starter.


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25 minutes ago, canuck73_3 said:

I don't get the flak Halak gets on here he played well, it was the team that shit the bed in front of him and gave him zero goal support. 

True, but he didnt help out his own cause because he couldn't stop a beach ball.

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49 minutes ago, canuck73_3 said:

He had a string of games where he let in 2 or less and still lost. Can't win if you don't score. He had a .903 SV% he did his part the team could not score to save their lives. 

You've got me there. I think that game in New Jersey where he got his games played bonus, and he got chased because yes he got next to no help, but couldn't make a stop to save his life really kind of stuck with me.

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Hurricanes’ Frederik Andersen Out Indefinitely With Blood Clotting Issue


November 6th, 2023 at 1:08pm CST • By Josh Erickson


Carolina Hurricanes netminder Frederik Andersen will be sidelined indefinitely after recent medical testing discovered a blood clotting issue, per a statement from GM Don Waddell.


Andersen, 34, has made the most starts of any Hurricanes netminder this season with six. The NHL’s first-ever Danish goalie has a 4-1-0 record, .894 SV% and 2.87 GAA this season, all leading the team.


Waddell said there is no timetable for Andersen to rejoin the team, but the team is “confident that Freddie will be able to make a full recovery.” Andersen last played in the Hurricanes’ 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday, stopping 24 of 26 shots.



He was heating up after a slow start to the season, posting a .925 SV% in his last three games after recording a subpar .855 SV% through his first three. The veteran of nearly 500 NHL games is in his 11th season in the league and his third with Carolina.


With their starter sidelined, Carolina now turns to veteran Antti Raanta to handle the bulk of the starts for the foreseeable future. Like all the Hurricanes’ goalies, Raanta’s body of work in 2023-24 hasn’t been impressive despite his 3-1-0 record.


His current .870 SV% is his worst mark since his rookie campaign in 2013-14 with the Chicago Blackhawks. However, he has the team’s only shutout of the season – a 20-save effort against the lowly San Jose Sharks late last month.


The 34-year-old Finn signed a one-year, $1.5MM deal widely viewed as a discount to remain in Carolina just minutes before free agency opened last July. Raanta has primarily been an above-average netminder over his 11 seasons in the league but struggles to avoid injuries. Despite mainly serving in a tandem capacity with Andersen since the pair signed in Raleigh in 2021, Raanta made more than 30 starts just once in the five preceding seasons.


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4 hours ago, canuck73_3 said:

I don't get the flak Halak gets on here he played well, it was the team that shit the bed in front of him and gave him zero goal support. 


He got the Holtby treatment, or the treatment most of our backups have gotten over the past decade or so. I'd say was better than Holtby, but Holtby rarely seemed to get goal support either. My take over the past several years is that the Canucks simply haven't played well for backups, although one can argue they haven't played very well most of the time in general when considering our record. 


Marky propped up a mediocre Canucks team for a little while, Demko did the same the season before last. 

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