Wild replace Gaborik with Havlat

Updated: July 2, 2009, 10:46 AM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

The Minnesota Wild found a new offensive centerpiece in a matter of hours.

Stung by the expected departure of Marian Gaborik to the New York Rangers Wednesday evening, the Wild moved quickly to sign free-agent winger Martin Havlat to a six-year, $30 million deal -- the richest in team history.

"We are excited to add the speed and scoring of Martin Havlat to our lineup," Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said in a statement. "He is a terrific two-way player."

Havlat will earn $4 million ...

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