Just got the email from the Wild PR staff:
MINNESOTA WILD SIGNS RIGHT WING MARTIN HAVLATSAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has agreed to terms with right wing Martin Havlat on a six-year contract."We are excited to add the speed and scoring of Martin Havlat to our lineup," said Fletcher. "He is a terrific two-way player."Havlat, 28 (4/19/81), led the Chicago Blackhawks with a career-high 77 points (29-48=77) while skating in a career-high 81 games in the 2008-09 season. He ranked ninth in the NHL in plus-minus (plus-29). Havlat added 15 points (5-10=15) in 16 Stanley Cup playoff games as the Blackhawks advanced to the Western Conference finals. The 6-foot-2, 217-pound native of Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic, has recorded 396 points (169-227=396), a plus-87 rating, 53 power play goals and 31 game-winning goals in 470 NHL games in eight seasons with Ottawa and Chicago. Havlat participated in the NHL All-Star Game in the 2006-07 season, when he led Chicago in goals (25), assists (32) and points (57) despite appearing in just 56 games. He was a member of the NHL’s All-Rookie team in 2000-01 and played for the Czech Republic at the 2002 Olympics.Havlat was Ottawa’s first-round pick (No. 26 overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
There you have it Wild Fans. A Bone Fide scorer.
#24 / Right Wing / Chicago Blackhawks
Apr 19, 1981
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The term of this deal is even better, and leaves me wanting to bow at Fletch's feet. Get this. 6 years, $30 mil. 77 points a year for $5 million per. Awesome deal. Simply AWESOME!