According to George Richards of the Miami Herald and Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel, the Panthers have decided to “pass” on signing Martin Havlat to a contract. The Panthers invited the 34-year-old Czech forward to training camp last month by signing him to a professional tryout contract.
Martin Havlat play two games during the pre-season and recorded no points, a minus-2 rating, and one shot on goal. Havlat likely fell victim to the strong showings from young forwards Connor Brickley and Quinton Howden who GM Dale Tallon confirmed yesterday earned roster spots. The Panthers also have Rocco Grimaldi, who could be starting the season on the IR, therefore leaving no room for Havlat in the top-9. Lawson Crouse, the team’s 11th-overall pick from June’s draft, was sent back to his junior team for essentially the same reason; there just wasn’t any room for him to have his 9-game tryout.
The Panthers open the season this Saturday, October 10th at home against the Philadelphia Flyers.