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Havlat to make season debut tonight

Oct 30, 2013, 3:25 PM EST

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After missing the first 12 games of the year, San Jose forward Martin Havlat will make his season debut tonight against the Kings in Los Angeles, according to CSN Bay Area.

Havlat, 32, underwent major groin surgery (bilateral pelvic reconstruction) in late June to correct an injury suffered during San Jose’s opening-round playoffs series against Vancouver. Havlat tried to return for the second round against L.A., but lasted just a few minutes in his first game back and didn’t play again.

A skilled winger that put up 27 points in 39 games in 2011-12, Havlat’s biggest issue throughout the last two years has been staying healthy.

He’s missed 51 of a possible 130 games over the last two regular seasons, and his inability to stay in the lineup sparked talks of a possible trade or buyout (the latter of which he was ineligible for this summer, as he was injured at the time.)

Havlat has two seasons remaining on his six-year, $30 million deal, one that carries an average annual cap hit of $6 million.

While Havlat is in, San Jose’s three other injured players — Dan Boyle, Brent Burns and Matt Nieto — will be out tonight against the Kings. It’s possible Havlat will take Nieto’s spot on the third line with Joe Pavelski and Tommy Wingels, while James Sheppard continues to fill in for Burns on the top line with Joe Thornton and Tomas Hertl.

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Finally, I hope he realises his role on this team and starts to play like the way he did in Chicago and Ottowa

  2. skr213 - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Hope he remembers how to play. He’s not physical enough for a bottom 6 role and his scoring prowess has never really showed up with the Sharks. I’m skeptical.

  3. btlpper68 - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Effective when healthy
    Sharks
    Missing a quarter of their starting lineup and still rolling

    • coyotes89 - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      yeah i cant believe they are doing what they are. as a coyotes fan i am pretty scared to face them with a full line up. considering they are destroying teams without havlat and torres the whole season. and burns on a smaller scale. not a lot of people like torres because he is so rough. but that doesn’t change the fact he is very skilled and the sport is rough..

  4. 19to77 - Oct 30, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Approxiamately three shifts later, the Sharks will restore balance to the Force by placing him back on IR again.

  5. xxakshunxx - Oct 30, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Glad to have him back now, guessing he’ll be on the IR again by Dec/Jan and then hopefully get him back “healthy” again for the playoffs

  6. earpaniac - Oct 30, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    When you look at his career, the Blackhawks traded him at the absolute best time. He had a career year, the got rid of him and it seems like he’s been hurt since. They are even scarier if he can stay healthy.

  7. agentdw - Oct 30, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Hawks didnt trade him, they let him walk in FA so they could sign Hossa. 2 Stanley Cups later, it seems like they made the right choice :)

  8. earpaniac - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Oh, trust me, I remember the reason he’s gone! Thought it was a great move to exchange him for Hossa (obviously) then, but 2 Cups later, it’s pure genius!! Lol

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