Dynamo deal for Havlat

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 5:46 PM ET

Martin Havlat is going to Russia with gloves.

As reported by the Sun yesterday, Havlat has agreed to a one-year, $1.2 million US contract with the Moscow Dynamo.

The Senators winger will leave next week to join the club after starting this season with Znojmo of the Czech Elite League.

"I'm waiting for the call from Canada to say that I can go back to the NHL, but it doesn't seem like that call is going to come this year," Havlat said last night from his home in the Czech Republic.

Russian teams have been spending big bucks to acquire locked-out NHL stars such as Havlat.

"The money that is being spent in Russia right now is just crazy," he said. "I don't know what's going to happen with the NHL this year, and I thought this was a good chance for me to go there and play."

Havlat admitted it's easier to play overseas because "you've got room to skate and you're not getting hit on every shift" due to the bigger ice surface.

"If it wasn't Moscow, I probably wouldn't go," he said. "You see some of these players going to small towns like Omsk where all they've got is a hockey team and not much else. I wouldn't have done that.

"Moscow is a good city. I've never been there, but I'm looking forward to the experience. This should be fun. The hockey is pretty good and Moscow has got a pretty good team."

Still, Havlat acknowledged he'd rather be suiting up for the Senators.

"Yes, it's good to play in these other leagues, but we know the NHL is still the best league in the world," he said.


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