Wild ink Havlat to 6-year deal
The Minnesota Wild didn't waste any time in finding a high-scoring replacement for Marian Gaborik.
The Wild signed free agent Martin Havlat to a six-year contract, GM Chuck Fletcher confirmed Wednesday. The move comes hours after Gaborik, the Wild's leading scorer in franchise history, was picked up by the New York Rangers.
"We are excited to add the speed and scoring of Martin Havlat to our lineup," Fletcher said. "He is a terrific two-way player."
TSN is reporting the contract is worth $30 million.
The leading scorer for the Chicago Blackhawks last season, Havlat scored 29 goals and added 48 assists in 81 games.
Havlat, 28, was selected 26th overall by the Ottawa Senators in the first round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
After Chicago signed Marian Hossa to a 12-year contract earlier Wednesday, Havlat was considered likely to be on the move from Chicago.
A native of the Czech Republic, Havlat has 169 goals and 227 assists for 396 points in 470 career regular season games with the Ottawa Senators and the Chicago Blackhawks.
Havlat played the last three seasons in Chicago, but this past season was the first time since 2003-04 that he was able to play more than 65 games because of injury. He played only 91 of 164 games in his first two seasons with the Blackhawks.