Though conventional wisdom would suggest the opposite, it seems likely Martin Havlat will remain a Blackhawk past this season. As Havlat has followed two injury plagued Blackhawk seasons with a – to this point – healthy and productive 2008-09 campaign, numerous reports during the past weeks have indicated Dale Tallon and Martin Havlat are committed to striking an agreement that would keep Havlat here past this season.
As such, a Havlat deal would obligate Tallon to move considerable money off the books for the ’10-’11 season – at least in the amount Havlat is signed for annually. This likely means Dustin Byfuglien – and his $3 million per deal – will be trade bait in the near future, as it’s hard to imagine Tallon parting with any of his other valuable young guns.
The Toronto Sun is also reporting – in the linked Havlat article above – the Pittsburgh Penguins may be using Ryan Whitney as trade bait to lure Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester to the Penguins at the trade deadline.