Friday, word broke that Jaroslav Halak signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract extension to remain the Bruins backup goaltender through the 2020-2021 season.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 1, 2020
This is a great move for Don Sweeney to have pulled off given that the salary cap will be static next year (around $81.5 million) and that leaves the Bruins GM about $20 million to signed several UFAs like Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara and RFAs including Jake DeBrusk and Anders Bjork. Since Halak made $2.75 million over this season and last, saving $500,000 on this deal while retaining a netminder who would be highly sought after in free agency is a great deal.
Jaroslav Halak signs a one-year, $2.25 million extension. Slam-dunk decision for both parties.
— Fluto Shinzawa (@FlutoShinzawa) May 1, 2020
For Halak, the decision was a no-brainer; he loves to win and hates to lose and with this team, he has a chance to win a lot.
Halak: “I hate losing. I’ve hated it since I was a kid. And with this team, we have a chance to win every night.”
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) May 2, 2020
Jaro also loves the city and the team, saying several times that this is a special group of guys and that they have a lot of fun together. One has to assume this is the truth because just about every player says the same thing about the team and each other.
You can catch all that Halak had to say with his media availability below.