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Sharks to use compliance buyout on Havlat

Jun 27, 2014, 5:47 PM EDT

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The rumors out of San Jose were confirmed on Friday at the NHL Draft, as CSN Bay Area confirmed the Sharks will use a compliance buyout on the final year of Martin Havlat‘s contract.

Wilson earlier said Havlat wouldn’t be back next season, but would try to facilitate a trade rather than amensty the deal.

Havlat, 30, has one year left on his six-year, $30 million contract signed with the Wild in 2009. The buyout will free San Jose of his $5 million cap hit, but the club will pay Havlat $1M in 2014-15 and $2M in 2015-16.

The buyout marks the end of Havlat’s disappointing tenure with the Sharks. Acquired in 2011 as part of the deal that sent Dany Heatley to Minnesota, the Czech forward suffered through a myriad of injuries and never appeared in more than 48 games in a single season. That said, Havlat’s still been a relatively effective scorer — he had 27 points in 39 games during the 2011-12 campaign, and 12 goals and 22 points last year.

For San Jose, the move kicks off what could be a major summer rebuild. The club has already dealt away Dan Boyle and re-signed Alex Stalock to challenge Antti Niemi for the No. 1 goalie gig; Brent Burns will be moved back to defense and both Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau have seen their names come up in trade rumors.

Per CSN Bay Area, the Sharks won’t use their other compliance buyout.

  1. guitarisgood4u - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    The Wild are triumphant in the end of the Havlat for Heatley trade. Heatley goes to free agency, Havlat requires compliance buyout. Heatley was a great mentor to the kids on the Wild, Havlat was probably an asshole.

    • spezzdispenser - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      in the end this was a deal of two sucks

      • purpleguy - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:30 PM

        So true. I Havlat had stayed in MN 15 more minutes, Koivu would have probably beat him to a pulp. The guy was and is a one-way player.

  2. sjsharks66 - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    I have to disagree. I think the Wild/Sharks both shot themselves in the foot with this entire trade. Both teams will not be sad about seeing either one go.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      So regardless of whether they traded of not, both would have been stuck with disappointing performance by a guy named “H”. Sounds like a wash to me.

  3. hockeyfan117 - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    How are you saying the Wild are triumphant? Because one guy might be an ass according what? I don’t think there were any winners in that trade, one aging player for another.

  4. guitarisgood4u - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    K guys, it was a deal of two sucks, but in the end it was actually quite great for the Wild. Havlat was a “locker room cancer” and butted heads with Kaptain Koivu a lot (apparently). The Wild got rid of that, plus in the end they didn’t use a compliance buyout. Heater will be missed as he is a good guy, Chuck Fletcher and even Patrick Roy sung Heatley’s praises recently.

  5. jdangerd - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    Have we forgotten that Heater most likely would have been bought out LAST year if it weren’t for pickle?

  6. rsmaggiemae - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Dont feel sorry for Heatly at all
    He made 7.1 mil a year with the Wild
    sued Ottawa for 4 mil with his trade and won last summer and also
    sued his ex-agent for 11 mil dont know if that has been setteled yet
    so he isnt hurting for money at all
    I am glad the Wild didnt buy him out last year and let him finish it out even though he tried hard. he has lost all the speed he once had and was just too slow

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