The Panthers have signed veteran forward Martin Havlat to a professional try-out contract and will be added to the team’s roster for training camp which begins next Friday, September 18th. Havlat becomes the second free agent offered a PTO by the Panthers in the past week, with the first being former Panther, David Booth. Cats on the Prowl exclusively reported earlier this week that the team would be signing a Czech forward to a PTO with Havlat, Jiri Tlusty, and Martin Erat being strong possibilities.
The 34-year-old left wing played in 40 games last year for the Devils and put up 14 points, and he hasn’t played more than 48 games since the 2010-11 season due to being slowed by injuries and decreased production. Havlat has 7 seasons of 50 or more points with his last being 4 years ago with the Minnesota Wild. He also has a history with GM Dale Tallon who was the GM of the Blackhawks during Havlat’s 3 seasons in Chicago from 2006 to 2009. After leaving the Blackhawks in 2009, Havlat tweeted this out with his Twitter account:[tweet https://twitter.com/martinhavlat/status/2635986332]
…and also said that current Panther Jaromir Jagr was one of his favorite players growing up:[tweet https://twitter.com/martinhavlat/status/4505310105]