Martin Havlat is a Czech right winger on the Minnesota Wild.
Havlat was drafted in 1999 by the Ottawa Senators after playing in the Czech leagues for two seasons. He is a talented goal scorer and a very fast skater, but has been hampered by injuries during his entire career. In 2003-04, he set career highs with 31 goals, 37 assists and 68 points in only 68 games played. After the 2006 season, Havlat made it clear that he would attempt to become a free agent after his contract was up, so Ottawa traded him to Chicago. He put up good numbers in his first season with Chicago, scoring 25 goals and 57 points in only 56 games. In 2007, he was named to the Western Conference All-Star team. Havlat suffered another injury-shortened season in 2007-08, scoring only 27 points in 35 games. However, in 2008-09, Havlat rebounded to lead the Blackhawks in scoring, playing in 81 games and finishing with 29 goals and 77 points. He helped Chicago reach the Western Conference Finals, where he was knocked out of the series by a hit from Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall in Game 3. After the Blackhawks were knocked out, they signed superstar Marian Hossa from the Red Wings to a 12 year contract. Despite the fact that he was the most productive player on the squad in 2008-09, Havlat was treated poorly in negotiations with Chicago, and instead opted to sign a 6 year contract with Minnesota which will pay him $5 million a season.
Havlat has played for the Czech Republic at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
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