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Devils sign Havlat — one year, $1.5 million

Jul 1, 2014, 2:18 PM EDT

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Martin Havlat wasn’t out of work very long.

After being bought out by the San Jose Sharks, Havlat has signed a one-year deal with the New Jersey Devils worth $1.5 million according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. Havlat received $2 million from his buyout from the Sharks.

Havlat, 33,  struggled with the Sharks last season. He dealt with injury and then was bounced down to the fourth line. In 48 games with San Jose he had 12 goals and 22 points. He played in just one playoff game against the Los Angeles Kings playing 11:49.

With the Devils he’ll have the opportunity to show what he’s got and having fellow Czechs Patrik Elias and Jaromir Jagr to play alongside. With Mike Cammalleri also signing with the Devils today, offense in Newark could be exciting.

  1. timmylaz99 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    New Jersey – where washed-up wingers go to die!

    • 950003cups - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      you mean “go to get paid”

      • valoisvipers - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:56 PM

        Lou is smoking some bad stuff today! First Cammy, now this, for the Devils sake Lou better go to bed soon.

  2. nyrnashty - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Cool thing about signing for Jersey is that you can still live and hangout in Manhattan if you want. It will be the same for the Islanders once they move to Brooklyn after next season.

    • quizguy66 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      Most don’t though. The guys with families especially tend to end up in the suburbs of Bergen County.

      • 950003cups - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        The rangers with families end up in Westchester county. Nobody could raise a family in NYC. It’s just dumb

  3. jpat2424 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Surprised Tallon didn’t want him in Florida

  4. 7mantel - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Hey 93 cups , Lou is the best !!!!!

    • 950003cups - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      I’ve been telling you all he sucks!

  5. jpelle82 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    he must have the best agent in the biz. he keeps finding him a job. he hasn’t played more than 40 games in 4 years and hasn’t played 80 ever I don’t think. its a shame there are guys that bust their butts on the 4th line year in and year out and will never get a whiff of 1.5 million per year and he gets it just because he scored what – 30 goals….once…a decade ago? dumb. he should have to prove himself in the ahl in my opinion.

  6. pj608 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY? NJ needs a C! henrique and elias belong on the wing and now we got 2 (once very fast wingers) I stuck up for you Lou. Time and time again…. I just dont know anymore. how is a guy like Ryan Johansen up for grabs and you snag this guy. Camalerri, ok. But HAVLAT>>>????? Oh, boy. They better not have a No trade clause. Even if you do trade this guy down the like you wont get much for him. i would have rather seen NJ sign Brian Boyle or even Dominic Moore over this clown. At least we would of had a decent C.

    • nickdesposito - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      its 1.5 mil. who cares? if hes hurt or trash you cut bait. its not a bad signing. you want to talk about a bad signing, tanner glass got 3 yrs!

      • pj608 - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        Camalerri was a good signing…. But havlat is lucky to play 40 games…. IDK, I rather have seen them get a center. We have 2 centers and 6 Right wingers on the payroll. Makes no sense to me. I would like to see them get a RFA use some draft picks, Get youth and have a player that is ahead of the development stages. NJ has good up and coming Defenders. Its the Forward well that is drying up.

    • 950003cups - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      See what I’m saying? Lou is ruining this team year by year.

  7. kane987245 - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Do most people in this article understand the concept of low risk high reward? If he ends up being a dud, it’s 1.5 mil which is nothing in the Cap Era and if he provides 20 goals then he could haggle for maybe 2.5 mil next season. Devs have nothing to lose on this deal.

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