Havlat officially announced his retirement Wednesday, stepping away after 14 NHL seasons, the NHLPA reports.
Havlat last played for the Blues -- appearing in two games last season -- but the crafty scoring winger also represented the Senators, Blackhawks, Wild and Sharks in his illustrious career. This latest report on the Czech cites "sharp pain on both sides of my groin from overuse and too many tears" as a major reason why he's decided to hang up his skates at the age of 35. Havlat contributed 242 goals and 352 assists in 790 career games and perpetually factored on the man advantage. His name is also synonymous with the word "clutch," as he collected 44 game-winning goals -- half of those came in his first four NHL seasons.
Havlat was placed on unconditional waivers Friday.
At Havlat's request, he was placed on unconditional waivers for the purpose of being released from his contract. He will need to clear waivers in order to do so, but teams usually do not make claims for players who wish to be released from their contracts. The only information as to why Havlat wished to be released was for personal reasons, so there is no indication if he will eventually sign with another team at some point this season.
Havlat stuck it to his former team by scoring the game-winning goal in Tuesday's 2-0 win over the Devils.
In his season debut for the Blues, Havlat scored the decisive goal and finished plus-1 in a surprising 14:14 of ice time. Keep an eye on Havlat, since St. Louis is a high-scoring team and he has the ability to score when given enough playing time.
Havlat will make his season debut Tuesday against New Jersey, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Havlat signed with the Blues on November 6, and will be making his debut just four days later against the team he suited up for in 2014-15, the New Jersey Devils. Havlat struggled in New Jersey, playing only 40 games and scoring 14 points. Havlat is slated to play on a line with David Backes and Robby Fabbri, which may lead to Havlat's indisputable offensive abilities reemerging in St. Louis.
Havlat has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Blues, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, adding that the contract is valued at $600,000 in the NHL and $200,000 in the AHL.
Havlat came into the picture for St. Louis on Oct. 27, when he was inked to a professional tryout contract following a significant ankle injury to winger Jaden Schwartz. The Blues also brought on Dainius Zubrus for a PTO at that time, but he's reportedly been released. Havlat adds a veteran scoring presence to a Blues team that has been slammed with injuries early on this campaign. Ironically, Havlat has sustained a long list of injuries over the course of his career and he's never played all 82 games in a given season despite 14 years of service time between five different clubs, including the Devils in 2014-15.
Havlat has been invited by the Blues to a professional tryout contract.
Havlat has 14 years of service time in the NHL. He last played with the Devils last season, adding five goals and nine assists in 40 games. With a number of Blues forwards dealing with injuries, including winger Jaden Schwartz, who is out at least 12 weeks following ankle surgery, the team is looking at ways to add some healthy bodies to the roster. The report adds that Dainius Zubrus has also been invited to a PTO for St. Louis.
Havlat will not sign with the Panthers, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.Havlat wasn't able to find a spot on one of the Panthers' top-three lines, and isn't really suited for fourth-line duties, which means the veteran winger will have to keep looking for a new home if he plans on suiting up for an NHL team early on in the 2015-16 campaign. Havlat did, however, recently purchase a home in Florida, which means the Panthers could offer him a contract at some point down the road if and when injuries strike. The 34-year-old tallied 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 40 games with the Devils last season.
Havlat is slated to be a scratch Tuesday against the Sabres, according to Tom Gulitti of The Record.With Stephen Gionta set to return to the New Jersey lineup, Havlat -- who has notched 14 points in 37 games -- will take a seat on Tuesday night.
Havlat racked up an assist and three shots on goal in Monday's win over the Sharks.Havlat has notched a point in three straight games, which qualifies as his longest stretch of production on the season. With just 12 points, a minus-10 rating, and seemingly, a litany of injury concerns, Havlat isn't someone worth investing heavily in.
Havlat (illness) will be available for Thursday's game against the Bruins, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.An illness forced Havlat out of Tuesday's game with the Sabres, but he showed enough improvement Wednesday morning to get in a skate on his own. That proved to be sufficient for the Devils to sign off on his return, so look for him to slot back into the lineup after the brief absence. Havlat has three goals and nine points in 24 games this season.
Havlat (illness) will not play Tuesday against the Sabres, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.While Havlat will sit out Tuesday, that may be the extent of his absence, as he was at least able to skate on his own Tuesday. If he can practice Wednesday as expected and avoid any setbacks over the next couple days, he should be on track to return for New Jersey's next game Thursday.
Havlat (illness) did not join the team for it's morning skate on Tuesday, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.Havlat has been confirmed to have the flu, but there was still a possibility that he'd be able to return for Tuesday's contest against the Sabres. At this point that appears unlikely, but he could return to action for Thursday's game against the Bruins.
Havlat had a recurrence of his flu overnight and didn't practice Monday, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.Havlat's initial illness has now been confirmed as the flu, and it appears his status for Tuesday's game against the Sabres could be up in the air due to the recurrence. The team should provide an update on his status prior to the opening faceoff, however. If he is unable to go, his next chance to play will be Thursday against the Bruins.
Havlat (illness) will be activated from IR and return to the lineup Friday against the Canadiens, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.Havlat was unavailable for over a week with the illness, though he was never officially diagnosed with the mumps virus that had afflicted several other players on the team. He resumed practicing Tuesday and took part in line rushes during Friday's morning skate, so it would seem reasonable to expect Havlat to see close to his usual 14 minutes of action.
Havlat (illness) will not return to the lineup Wednesday against the Red Wings, Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.There was some optimism that Havlat would slot back into the lineup after he was able to log a full practice Tuesday, but the Devils decided he could benefit from a little extra time to regain stamina. He'll have strong odds of returning to action over the weekend, when the Devils will host back-to-back games against the Canadiens and Flyers.
Havlat (illness) participated in Tuesday's practice, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.Havlat has not played in a game since Dec. 20 while dealing with a non-mump illness. His participation in Tuesday's practice indicates that he may be ready to return for Wednesday's game in Detroit.
Havlat (illness) will not play Saturday against the Rangers, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.Havlat received a bit of good news when his tests for the mumps virus came back negative, but he's still not quite back to 100 percent after battling a nasty flu. He was at least able to skate Saturday morning, which bodes well for his chances of being available for the Devils' next game Monday versus Pittsburgh.
The Devils placed Havlat on IR on Friday.While Havlat's test results for the mumps came back negative, the veteran right winger will miss Saturday's contest against the Rangers. Havlat will be eligible to return Monday against the Penguins.
Havlat's test results for the mumps have come back negative, but he will be unavailable for Saturday's game against the Rangers, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.Havlat is still dealing with a virus that will keep him out of Saturday's game at a minimum, making his next eligible return date Monday against the Penguins. The Devils will go into Saturday with a maximum of 12 healthy forwards, though it's possible the team will add someone before the game.
Havlat (illness) will be unavailable for Tuesday's game against the Hurricanes, Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger reports.Havlat was tested for the mumps Monday but hasn't received the test results yet. The team won't take any chances with the virus that has been passed around the league this season, and will next be able to return Saturday against the Rangers.