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Freakish cost: Martin Havlat likely out 6-8 weeks

Dec 21, 2011, 9:49 PM EDT

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NHL players hop over the boards countless times during the course of a season. It’s likely that none of them are worried about getting hurt during that routine practice, but Martin Havlat may not ever feel the same after a freakish accident put him on the shelf. The San Jose Sharks announced that Havlat underwent surgery because of that injury and will be out an estimated six-to-eight weeks, according to’s Kevin Kurz.

Pollak reports that Havlat needed surgery for a partially torn hamstring.

This is the biggest hurdle in a very challenging first Sharks season for Havlat. A shoulder injury delayed his debut until Oct. 21. Havlat compiled 15 points in 26 games, which isn’t totally awful when you consider the fact that he had one stretch in which he had just one assist and zero goals in nine games.

The injury window indicates that he might not be able to get back until sometime between February and March, so it’s almost like a lost season for Havlat. Perhaps the Sharks would be satisfied if he can simply shake off any rust by the time the playoffs start, though.

  1. sjsharksfan11 - Dec 21, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    The guy is made of glass. What a garbage move sending Heatley for him. His terrible stats for a supposed top two line player and his injury prone ways is egg on the face for Doug Wilson. I’ve had enough of you Doug. Just leave. You over evaluate your young players and have a horrendous judge of talent for a GM. Why do you think your teams and coaches always fail?

    • finfan88shark - Dec 22, 2011 at 1:25 AM

      Have to agree 100% here. Name one general manager in the NHL that would trade for two injured players, and then sign an injury prone player as a free agent. 3 things were absolutes going into this season. Vandermeer would get hurt (Check) been hurt every year. 2. Havlat would be hurt (Check), and 3. The Sharks would fail come playoff time.

  2. sharksfan754 - Dec 21, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    Just to add to the reports yes he underwent surgery by dr mark zaffron(sp) today at Stanford

  3. finfan88shark - Dec 22, 2011 at 1:26 AM

    Havlat was injured when Wilson acquired him, as was James Sheppard, yet our genesis general manager made the deals anyway. What a waste of money on two players who will play a combined less then 40 games the entire season. What a joke Wilson has turned out to be.

  4. grbull - Dec 22, 2011 at 1:57 AM

    Love it. Healthy has scored some great timely goals this season for the wild….and is yet to crawl on the ice…defense is playing great minus burns too, unfortunately burns was a great character, but so far these trades are looking much better for the wild.

    • danphipps01 - Dec 22, 2011 at 6:08 AM

      No kidding. The best thing about Burns is his media presence. If he was as great on the ice as he is on Twitter or in interviews he’d be in the running for the Norris. =/

  5. jpelle82 - Dec 22, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    surprise surprise. wild look smarter and smarter everyday

  6. riles1008 - Dec 22, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Only Havlat would get hurt jumping over the boards onto the ice. Guy is the definition of a china doll.

  7. hawkyman - Dec 22, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    I didn’t lose ANY sleep when he left the windy city.

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