After bringing in veteran forwards Martin Havlat and Dainius Zubrus on professional tryout contracts last week, the St. Louis Blues have picked Havlat as the one to come in and help bolster forward depth. Havlat was signed to a one-year deal Friday, while Zubrus was released from his PTO.
The Blues also got some great news on the injury front as talented defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk has been activated from injured reserve. He is expected to play Saturday against the Nashville Predators. The 26-year-old has been out since Oct. 13 after sustaining a groin injury.
He has one assist through three games this year, but put up 44 points in 56 games last season as he proved to be a key player in the team's offensive attack.
Though Shattenkirk is back, the Blues are dealing with some injuries to valuable forwards including Paul Stastny, Jaden Schwartz and Patrik Berglund. That's where Havlat comes in.
The veteran forward has been looking for work since going unsigned this offseason and failing to catch on with any teams during training camp. Oft-injured himself, Havlat had just 14 points in 40 games last season and hasn't produced anywhere near his regular rates in the last three seasons. Still, the 34-year-old isn't going to be a guy the Blues need to rely on. They just need an extra body right now.
Havlat is a veteran of 788 NHL games over 14 seasons. He has 593 career points including 241 goals.