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Sharks GM not sure if Havlat will return to Sharks

Jul 11, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

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The San Jose Sharks are up against the cap ceiling and consequently, they might have used one of their compliance buyouts on Marty Havlat‘s six-year, $30 million contract if the option was available to them.

However, Havlat was ineligible because he needed to undergo surgery. As it turns out, that procedure will likely result in him starting the 2013-14 campaign on the long-term injured reserve list.

At this point it’s not clear if he’s played in his last game with the club. The 32-year-old forward still has two seasons left on his contract, but Sharks GM Doug Wilson was vague when asked if Havlat would play in another contest with San Jose.

“Marty Havlat had a pretty extensive procedure done, a bilateral pelvic reconstruction,” Wilson said. “He is an important player to us and we missed him when he wasn’t in there. There is no timeline for a return, so I don’t have an answer for that one.”

Havlat has had some great seasons, but injuries have plagued him throughout his career. He managed to participate in 40 regular season games in 2013, but scored just eight goals and 18 points. He was also limited to just two playoff matches due to a groin injury.

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Good he sucks, put him on long time IR so it won’t go on the cap, then we can go replace him

  2. btlpper68 - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    We pay him 5 m to ride a bike and holds the record only player injured on a line change

    • kingcobraman - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      maybe they can train him to open and close the gate to the bench and also hand out drinks and towels…

  3. sjsharks66 - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Just get him replaced. Im wondering how he got the injury. Was it the Bieksa spear to the groin or not?

    • waye09 - Jul 13, 2013 at 8:49 AM

      of course it was, watch the injury happen, havlat can barely get back to the bench. Don’t hear many shark fans condemning Bieksa though, too busy bashing one of their own

  4. iwillfindyou - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    China doll

  5. northstarsmitty - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Isn’t that ironic… Wild and Sharks swap Heatley and Havlat, now a few years later, both clubs are trying to buy them out but cannot due to offseason surgery due to an injury. This is a truly a win win trade a very non winning type of way haha

  6. kicksave1980 - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    I always really liked Havlat. Shame he can’t stay healthy, because he’s one hell of a player when he’s playing 100%.

  7. purpleguy - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Those who like the guy should research the comments of his former team-mates from Chicago and MN — very few liked him as a player or a person.

    • waye09 - Jul 13, 2013 at 8:45 AM

      You mean Galiardi or Thornton, who praised Havlat for helping TJ get back his game? or Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane, who are still friends with him and praised him when he played for Hawks, or Mike Fischer, or Hossa, who wedding he attended and went to a concert with, or Byfuglein, who was his best friend on the Hawks, or Latendresse on the Wild, who praised him and played with him?

      Maybe you should do your research before opening your mouth

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