The New Jersey Devils, according to sources, have signed free agent winger Martin Havlat to a 1 year contract worth $1.5 Million. Havlat, an NHL veteran from the Czech Republic is coming off a 12 goal and 10 assist season with the San Jose Sharks.
The Devils stated that they were looking to add offensive players to their roster, and they have certainly addressed that need today, in the first day of the free agency period. Havlat, is 33 years old, and he is reportedly good friends with Devils star forward Patrik Elias, who is also from the Czech Republic.
This signing is a low risk, high value contract, in my view. It is a smart move that adequately reflects the resourceful nature of the New Jersey front office management. The Devils need veteran players in offensive roles, and it reminds me of last year’s move to sign Damien Brunner.
Havlat should make an immediate impact on the Devils offense and is a good fit for the system run by Peter DeBoer.
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(Statistics courtesy of NHL.com. Some background info courtesy of Newark Star Ledger)