Martin Havlat will play a 15th NHL campaign.
On Friday, the Blues announced that Havlat made good on his professional tryout, signing the veteran winger to a one-year, two-way deal worth $600,000 at the NHL level, per TVA.
In another move, St. Louis released Dainius Zubrus from his PTO.
Havlat, 34, will join a Blues team that’s been wrecked by injuries at forward. Patrik Berglund, Jaden Schwartz and Paul Stastny are all sidelined long-term, and the club got a further scare when Steve Ott sustained an upper-body injury against Chicago on Wednesday.
To make room for Havlat, the Blues sent prospect Ty Rattie to AHL Chicago.
It’ll be interesting to see how Havlat fits in the St. Louis lineup. The club’s had success with other veterans that came arrive through the PTO route, as Scottie Upshall and Scott Gomez both scored contracts out of training camp.
Upshall has two goals in nine games this year while averaging 12:11 of ice time per night. Gomez has four points in eight games, and is averaging 11:09.
Havlat will undoubtedly have some rust to shake off, having not played since March, when he was a member of the Devils.
Speaking of the Devils, today’s move will reunite Havlat with Gomez, his teammate in New Jersey last year.