The Ottawa Senators are stumbling along at .500 in the Atlantic Division and at 8-8-4 through the first quarter of the season, the Sens may be looking to make some changes.
A report in the Ottawa Sun said Ottawa is looking to add another forward and that one of its targets might be San Jose Sharks right wing Martin Havlat, who has struggled to get things going this season.
The 32-year-old Havlat has played in just eight of San Jose’s first 21 missed the first month of the season recovering from a pelvis injury, but has been ineffective since returning.
Havlat has one goal and one assist and was a healthy scratch Friday night at Edmonton. He is averaging 14:35 of ice time when he is in the lineup, the lowest since his rookie season with the Senators in 2000-01.
Havlat’s best season came with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2008-09, when he played 81 games and recorded 29 goals and 77 points, then went on to notch 15 points—including five goals—in 16 postseason games as Chicago advanced to the conference finals.
He departed the Blackhawks that summer for the Minnesota Wild and came to the Sharks in July 2011 in the trade that sent Dany Heatley to Minnesota.
Havlat spent his first five seasons with Ottawa after they drafted the Czech in the first round in 1999. He made his NHL debut the next year and in five seasons with the Senators had 105 goals and 235 points, despite missing most of the 2005-06 campaign with a shoulder injury. He notched his career high with 31 goals in 2003-04.
Havlat has one year remaining on his contract that has a $5 million salary cap figure. He’s also got a no-trade clause, but the Sun reported that Havlat is believed to be willing to waive his no-trade protection in exchange for a return to Ottawa.
The New York Rangers have also expressed interest in Havlat, according to the report.