The San Jose Sharks have announced that forward Martin Havlat will not be returning to the roster, despite having one year left on his contract.
Havlat was acquired by the San Jose Sharks from Minnesota three years ago in what was expected to be a great trade for Dany Heatly. However, Havlat has played the majority of the three seasons plagued with injuries. This resulted in a very unproductive career with the Sharks and a very disappointed fan base.
Havlat’s play was under par and the coaching staff was no longer interested in playing him. This was proven after being a healthy scratch in six of the seven playoff games.
It is expected that a compliance buyout will occur (according to Kevin Kurz) due to having that year left on his contract. Havlat has had his time as an amazing player, but the injuries he’s sustained simply won’t allow him play like he used to. I believe in situations such as these, that there are better places for the player to be. This does not mean that Havlat’s career in hockey is over; it just won’t be on the ice.