Halak Inks with Isles

The New York Islanders and goaltender Jaroslav Halak agreed to a four-year contract on Thursday. Multiple reports state the new pact is worth $18 million for the duration with an average annual value of $4.5 million. Halak, who was acquired from the Washington Capitals on May 1 in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the upcoming draft, is suiting up for his fourth team in two months. He was traded from St. Louis to Buffalo on March 1 as part of the deal that sent goaltender Ryan Miller to the Blues, then was shipped to America's capital four days later without playing a game for the Sabres. The 29-year-old native of Slovakia compiled a record of 29-13-7 with a 2.25
goals-against average in 52 games with the Blues and Capitals this season. He has also played for Montreal and owns a career mark of 144-85-29 with a 2.38 GAA and 30 shutouts in 272 NHL games. Halak, selected by Montreal in the ninth round of the 2003 draft, was set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Also Thursday, the Isles announced they will retain their first-round selection and transfer their first-round pick in 2015 to the Buffalo Sabres.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

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The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Gus Kleekamp with the Washington Post 218 Junior American Legion Baseball Team. Gus pitches, plays shortstop and bats third on the Junior Legion team that won the state championship in Blue Springs over the weekend. He posted the save in a 4-3 win over Festus in the title game. His batting average is .400 with 47-rbi and 47 runs scored.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

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SPORTS CORNER

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The Washington Post 218 Seniors are headed to state. Washington cruised through the zone 1 tournament capping off their run with a 14-9 win over Moberly in the championship game Sunday afternoon. Washington led by 10 into the bottom of the ninth. Matt Miller was the winning pitcher as Washington improved to 33-3 on the season. Ross Seitter, Aaron Meyer and Nate Hillermann all had two hits apiece. Washington banged out 14 as a team.