Sharks' Doug Wilson says Martin Havlat will not be on the team next season

by May 15, 7:00 PM

The San Jose Sharks no longer require the services of 33-year-old Martin Havlat and will attempt to unload the final season of his six-year, $30 million contract, according to general manager Doug Wilson.

Havlat was limited to 48 games during the regular season, recording 22 points. He appeared in one playoff game but was a healthy scratch for most of the series against the Los Angeles Kings, including the pivotal Game 7.

Injuries caused Havlat to miss 85 regular-season games in three years with San Jose. The announcement of Havlat's departure fits with the Sharks' renewed focus on youth.

Jun 27, 5:40 PM

Report: Sharks will use only compliance buyout on Martin Havlat

by Jun 27, 5:40 PM
Ed Szczepanski / USA Today

The San Jose Sharks informed forward Martin Havlat at the end of the season that he wouldn't be returning to the team next season, but it was thought that perhaps the club would find a taker for the oft-injured Czech forward on the trade market. Clearly that hasn't occurred and the Sharks are reportedly set to use a compliance buyout on Havlat, reports CSN's Kevin Kurz.

The Sharks will be buying out the last year of a six-year, $30 million contract signed by Havlat in 2009.