Ilya Mikheyev Posted August 19, 2015 Share Posted August 19, 2015 The Ottawa Senators are finished signing players for the summer, but they might take a look during training camp at Martin Havlat, the club’s first-round draft pick in 1999. Senators assistant general manager Pierre Dorion said Wednesday that general manager Bryan Murray and Allan Walsh, Havlat’s agent, have exchanged phone calls about the possibility of a no-strings-attached tryout in September. Originally drafted by the Senators in the first round of the 1999 entry draft (26th overall), the right winger’s best season in Ottawa came in 2003-04, when he had 31 goals and 37 assists in 68 games and picked up the nickname Mach 9 for his speed. In July 2006, in one of the worst trades of John Muckler’s tenure as GM, Havlat was dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks, along with Bryan Smolinski, for Tom Preissing, Josh Hennessy, Mikael Barinka and a 2008 second-round draft choice. The Senators used that pick to select Patrick Wiercioch, who has since made the team. - Ottawa Citizen The 34-year-old Havlat, who was drafted by the Senators No. 26 overall in 1999, was one of the club's top forwards before he was given away by former GM John Muckler to the Chicago Blackhawks along forward Brian Smolinski in August 2006 in one of the worst trades in club history. Murray has always been a fan of Havlat and may be willing to leave the door open for him if he wants to come to camp with no contract. Dorion confirmed that Murray has spoken with Havlat's Los Angeles-based agent Allan Walsh. "When Bryan coached he was one of Bryan's favourite players," Dorion said. "If I remember correctly, Bryan used (Havlat) on the p.k. and if I remember correctly that had never happened and he was a good penalty killer. "Obviously Marty is not the same player he was five years ago but it's something I know Bryan and Allan have discussed." - Ottawa Sun Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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