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Beyond the Wilderness: The Haves and the Havlat's

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  • Bitter split? Havlat leaves Chicago for Wild, promises 'real story' - Puck ... - NHL - Yahoo! Sports
    Sniff, sniff ... anyone else smell smoke? That's the bridge to Chicago that Havlat might be igniting soon, according to his official Twitter feed. The following appeared after the Wild signing: "Excited to be in Minny where I was welcomed and appreciated by management. The real story about what happened in Chicago to come out." And later: "There's something to be said for loyalty and honor."

  • Gaborik vanishes, signs with Rangers
    And just like that, the last remaining original Wild and team's career leader in virtually every offensive category is in fact ... history. Marian Gaborik's Wild career officially ended Wednesday night when the gamebreaker signed a five-year, $37.5 million
  • Wild signs Havlat for $30M
    With Wild fans in a tizzy for much of Wednesday as the Sedin twins, Marian Hossa, Mike Cammalleri, and yes, Marian Gaborik left the free-agent board, the Wild finally calmed the masses by landing the biggest free agent in team history late Wednesday night

  • In zigzag day, Wild lose Marian Gaborik but add Martin Havlat - TwinCities.comWith Gaborik gone, scoring winger was the Wild's most conspicuous hole, and Havlat fills it. Zanon fills a need for a top-six blue liner. Now the Wild need a center, and Koivu would look very good on the second line while giving coach Todd Richards the kind of flexibility with his lines that Jacques Lemaire didn't have last season.

  • Tom Powers: Martin Havlat a good start for Wild; now if Saku Koivu signs... - TwinCities.com
    A gifted winger, Havlat will be a fine addition to the Wild. He and Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher agreed to terms on a six-year, $30 million contract late Wednesday night. Havlat is fast, responsible on defense and, well, not a stone-face. All of those are good qualities.

  • Ranger News: Examining the Signings - Blueshirt Banter

    Onto Gaborik. Now some people might thing that the 5 year 7.5 million dollar contract is too steep for the oft-injured sniper but I disagree. Gaborik, when healthy, is top 3 snipers in the league; behind Kovalchuk and Ovechkin. If you disagree with me name the players that feed Gaborik the puck ... Exactly, I thought so. Gaborik will help the power play become lethal, and he will help round out the lines because the Rangers finally have a legit 1st line winger.

  • July 1 Roundup: 46 players signed, $406-million spent - From The Rink
    I love what Gaborik brings to the table as an offensive player — he's one of the five or six most dynamic players in the league, and that was playing in Minnesota — but his health is always going to be a concern and that's a huge ticket.

  • Gaborik issues himself a clean bill of health - 07/02/2009
    Marian Gaborik has declared himself 100 percent healthy -- and hopes the injury-riddled part of his career is behind him as he starts anew with a lucrative contract and the pressure of the Big Apple weighing on his shoulders.