Martin Havlat RW NJ 7 Days

Havlat (facial lacerations) will be a game-time decision Saturday against the Sharks, NHL.com's Mike Morreale reports.

Havlat was considered doubtful to play Saturday after he didn't skate with the New Jersey regulars during the morning session, but he has convinced coach Pete DeBoer to allow him to take the ice for the pregame warmup. Havlat will wear a full shield to protect his face if he plays Saturday, but if it's determined he can't go, Damien Brunner would step in to replace him.

Martin Havlat RW NJ 7 Days

Havlat (facial lacerations) skated with the Devils' expected scratches Saturday morning, suggesting he won't play in the game later that night against the Sharks, Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports.

Havlat was wearing a full face shield to protect himself from further aggravation to the cuts on his upper lip and nose. The lacerations should heal up over the next few days, but it appears Damien Brunner will take his spot in the lineup for at least one game.

Martin Havlat RW NJ 8 Days

Havlat (facial lacerations) was absent from Friday's practice, Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports.

Havlat was cleared of any structural damage to his face after suffering cuts to his nose Thursday night, but he was still in enough pain for the Devils to hold him out of practice. He required a number of stitches to address the cuts, and it's not certain if he'll be ready to go for Saturday's game against the Sharks. Check back on his status after Saturday's morning skate.

Martin Havlat RW NJ 9 Days

Havlat left Thursday's game late in the second period with cuts on the nose and upper lip, but returned in the third, The Star-Ledger reports.

Havlat's injury isn't expected to be anything beyond the cuts, and he isn't expected to miss much if any time because of it. However, his status should be monitored over the next few days in case something more comes out of the situation.

Martin Havlat RW NJ 28 Days

Havlat scored one of New Jersey's two goals in Friday's preseason loss to the Islanders.

Havlat has impressed in preseason, showing some of the skill the whole league knows he has. The Devils signed him for $1.5 million and he could end up being a bargain if he produces even slightly better than he did during his final seasons with San Jose. Havlat's health and consistency have been in issues in recent seasons but he will receive top-six minutes with New Jersey. He's worth a flier in deep leagues.

Martin Havlat RW NJ 4 Months

Martin Havlat is moving into a comfortable situation with the Devils.

He spoke with fellow Czechs Patrik Elias and Marek Zidlicky before signing with New Jersey. "So, I'm pretty close with those two guys for sure," Havlat said. "But, over the 14 years - 15 years it's going to be - I've been talking to Patty a lot, so I know a little bit about this organization. Right now, I became a free agent a couple days ago and I had to make a decision and after talking to Lou (Lamoriello) and a few of the guys I got the chance to come (to New Jersey) and I'm very happy I can be part of the Devils for the next year." Injuries have hindered him for the last three seasons and he's a risky bet to remain healthy in 2014-14.

Martin Havlat RW NJ 4 Months

The New Jersey Devils have signed Martin Havlat to a one-year/$1.5 million contract.

Martin Havlat RW NJ 4 Months

Martin Havlat will draw widespread interest around the league, once his buyout from the Sharks is complete.

Monday at 5 p.m. ET is the deadline for teams to use their compliance buyout, and multiple reports are indicating the Sharks will use theirs on Havlat. The winger market isn't deep, so it wouldn't be surprising to see the 33-year-old sign quickly at the start of free agency July 1. He had 12 goals and 10 points last season in 48 games, and battled his fair share of injuries in recent seasons.

Martin Havlat RW NJ 4 Months

The San Jose Sharks are expected to use a compliance buyout on Martin Havlat.

The Sharks already made it clear that Havlat wouldn't be back and it would have been surprising if anyone was willing to trade for him, so here we are. The Sharks will save $5 million in cap space for the 2014-15 campaign. Meanwhile, Havlat is likely to find a club willing to give him a chance to bounce back. He is still reasonably effective when healthy. The problem is that he's often not healthy.

Martin Havlat RW NJ 5 Months

San Jose GM Doug Wilson stated Thursday that forward Martin Havlat will not be with the club next season.

The marriage between the Sharks and Havlat hasn't been the greatest, but considering he's still owed $5 million for the final year of his contract, it sounds as though the team is willing to buy out the deal to rid themselves of him. In the right situation, Havlat could still be an asset to some team's offense next season.