You made sure to bring up how he wasn't a cancer in the locker room like Heatley but you failed to mention that his agent literally called out Wild management for not giving his client enough PP time one month into last season.
Not cancerous but certainly potentially alienating actions carried out on his behalf, no?Oct. 28, 2010 Agent Alan Walsh wrote the following in an email to the Star Tribune - "...Since that time, Marty has been used in a purely secondary role. Look at this season, he’s played four straight games at about 14 minutes of ice time, he’s used on the second power-play unit, he sits for long stretches, he’s not used in the shootouts. At a certain point in time, one has to ask, ‘Why is he here?’ One has to ask, ‘Why pay this guy $30 million to not play?’
“It’s like we are in a time warp and the coach has totally ignored or chooses to ignore what Marty has done offensively over the course of his entire career. People say the Wild don’t have a star player. The Wild have a dynamic offensive player right under their nose and yet choose not to use him to their advantage. Look around the league, what other team has a player like Marty Havlat wilting on the vine like this?”
Havlat is a talented player, obviously, but I hardly see him as any sort of difference maker in a San Jose lineup that is already heavy on skill and light on grit.