Havlat won't sign extension

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

Don't expect Martin Havlat to make life easier for the goalie-hunting Senators by signing a contract extension.

Sources insist Havlat must first sign an extension before the Senators will be able to trade him to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for goalie Vesa Toskala.

And, according to his agent, Havlat has no intention of doing that.

Agent Allan Walsh did discuss the possibility of a long-term contract with Senators GM John Muckler on the weekend in Vancouver, but Havlat wants to test the unrestricted free-agent market next summer.

"I had a meeting with Muckler before the draft, after which I spoke with (Havlat), and I very clearly communicated to John Muckler that Marty was only interested in a one-year deal," Walsh said yesterday from Los Angeles. "I cannot imagine any scenario that would change Marty's wishes at this point."

That means a potential deal or Toskala will likely be killed because San Jose doesn't want to trade one of its top goalies and then have Havlat walk away from the Sharks next summer.

Muckler said he has a deal on the table for a goalie, but admitted he's not sure what direction the club might take in net.

There are three scenarios:

- The Senators could trade for Toskala and keep Ray Emery.

- They could turn to the unrestricted free-agent market and try to sign Oilers playoff hero Dwayne Roloson, with Emery remaining as his backup.

- They could sign Emery, who is a restricted free agent, and also keep veteran Dominik Hasek.

"There's a number of things that could happen and I'm really not sure what it might be yet," Muckler said. "We could have two goalies or three goalies, I'm really not sure at this point.

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"Obviously, we're going to need to know by July 1st (the start of free agency). We've got to decide which way we're going to go with this. A lot of things could happen."

The Senators aren't expected to bring back goalie Mike Morrison. The unrestricted free agent will be allowed to go to the market.


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