Top 10 NHL Buyout Candidates

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Martin Havlat, San Jose Sharks

Apr 18, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks left wing Martin Havlat (9) skates up the ice during the first period of the game against the Minnesota Wild at the HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Havlat is a skilled but oft-injured winger who has trouble staying in the Sharks’ lineup, but when he does get in, his production does not match his contract.  He still has 2 years and $11M owing, so a buyout of  just over $7.25M would free up $5M in cap space, which the Sharks need in order to fit Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski as well as TJ Galiardi and James Shepherd under the cap going forward.

His status may negate an amnesty buyout, if he is deemed injured as he did not finish the Sharks playoff series with LA due to injury.