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Report: Rangers, Sens express interest in Havlat

Nov 19, 2013, 2:24 PM EDT


Is there a market for Martin Havlat?

Sure sounds like it.

According to Ottawa Sun sources, Senators GM Bryan Murray has talked to the Sharks about acquiring his former player — Havlat played in Ottawa from 2000-06 — but those same sources claim San Jose has also been approached by the New York Rangers, who also have interest.

Havlat missed the first part of this season recovering from groin surgery and made his season debut on Oct. 30, appearing in seven games before Sharks head coach Todd McLellan made him a healthy scratch vs. Edmonton last Friday.

“For Marty, he’s now played seven games. He’s through his so-called exhibition season,” McLellan said of the decision to drop Havlat from the lineup. “We’ve talked a lot about being patient with him, and letting him play his way into shape, and his timing, and all that stuff.

“We’ve done that. Now, it’s about results.”

Havlat got back in for Sunday’s 5-1 loss to Chicago, but only played 14:15 and failed to record a single shot on goal.

The 32-year-old Czech has two years remaining on his six-year, $30 million deal and, according to CapGeek, does have a no-movement clause.

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  1. sjtorpitt - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:26 PM


  2. sjsharks66 - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Thank god!

  3. esracerx46 - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Bag of pucks and a new team bus? Which WHL team traded their team bus? I can’t remember.

  4. allday420ap - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Lucky sharks. Hoping the Wild can do the same thing with heater, but highly doubt anyon would want him.

  5. xdj511 - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Hmm… Rangers will give you MDZ if you pay the difference in salary… oh… and take a few of our useless forwards along too.

  6. kingcobraman - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    overrated …. not even good at opening and closing the gate at the bench…. gives out the wrong drinks at the bench too..

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      Omfg, that last part really f**king tickled me, phwahahaahahahaha

  7. stepanup - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    No, no thank you. C’mon Sather, we’ve come so far without these kind of moves in the last 5 years.

    • stakex - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      I agree that the Rangers shouldn’t make a move for Havlat, but the Rangers offense hasn’t come anywhere in the last five years…… and it wasn’t Torts because they are currently ranked 27th in goals for under AV. Even if Nash was healthy, and scoring at a career average of about 30-35 goals a season, he would only contributed another 7-10 goals, good enough to move them to 24th in the league.

      Bottom line is that the Ragners need a big shakeup of their offensive lines. They have the defense and goaltending to win the Cup, but they lack the firepower up front…. and they aren’t going to suddenly find it with the group they have now.

  8. sjsharks66 - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    I wouldn’t say he is overrated. He has just had a rough career, filled with injuries. It is definitely taking a toll on him now.

  9. sjsharks86 - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Yesssss, DW please make this happen.

    • cheapsharksownership - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      Doug Wilson uses value chart and in his belief Havlat is a top 6 forward and that is what he will expect to and want to get in return and nothing less. Wilson has no mind set and no flexibility to think out of the box when it comes to getting rid of players like Havlat. I doubt any team will pay or is willing to pay what Wilson thinks is Havlat’s worth. My guess is he stays with the team until right around the deadline before he is dealt if he is even dealt.

      • phutchin77 - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:58 PM

        Really? DW got two 2nd round picks for Douglas Murray (worst defenseman in the league according to the Habs fan site) and a 4th round pick for Michal Handzus. Seems like DW is pretty good at doing exactly what you claim he isn’t

      • skr213 - Nov 19, 2013 at 8:05 PM

        DW also got rid of Clowe for 3 good draft picks. Please remind me what Clowe has done since – don’t get me wrong, I loved him in SJ, but that trade was *perfectly* timed.

  10. lilgurgi - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    I still remember this guy being one of the matches that lit the fire for the Flyers/Sens line brawl, after line brawl, after line brawl (2004). All this happened while he waited safely in the box while his teammates had to answer for his actions.


    • xdj511 - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      He did have the overwhelming urge to kick opponents with his skates on, didn’t he?

  11. withseidelinn - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    He was playing well up until he came to SJ. Maybe a change of scenery would spark him again? I agree however that injuries have taken a toll. Contract will be tough to move as well. Salary retention definitely a factor for any potential suitor.

  12. darksidecowboy - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Had a killer season with the Hawks in 2008, 29 goals ain’t too shabby. But age catches up with the best of us.

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