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Martin Havlat out after hamstring surgery

Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:45 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2011 9:54 pm

By: Adam Gretz

Martin Havlat simply can't catch a break. He's the type of player that has a reputation for being a really good, productive player, but only when he's healthy. Unfortunately for the teams he's played for throughout his 11 year career (Ottawa, Chicago, Minnesota and now San Jose), that hasn't really happened as much as they would like.

He's played more than 70 games in a season just five times, and has topped the 80-game mark just once. That came during the 2008-09 season with the Chicago Blackhawks, a year that saw him set career highs in nearly in every offensive category.

That's not going to happen this season as the Sharks announced on Thursday evening that he is going to miss  an "extended period" of time after undergoing surgery for a partially torn hamstring.

He was acquired by the Sharks over the summer in the trade that sent Danny Heatley to Minnesota, and in his first 26 games with San Jose he scored two goals to go with 13 assists.

He was injured during a game on Saturday night against the Edmonton Oilers, a game the Sharks won 3-2, as he attempted to jump over the boards (as seen in the video up top) to start his next shift. He had to crawl off the ice and was not able to return to the game.

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Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: December 23, 2011 1:36 pm

Martin Havlat out after hamstring surgery

Hopefully Havlat can come back healthy and be productive for the playoff run.  It is still a good trade to move Heatley... I don't have to watch him lumber around the ice in between the play each night.  Great shot... no speed.

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:20 pm
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Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:48 pm

Martin Havlat out after hamstring surgery

Best thing that could have happened for the Sharks and Havlat.    He's a really nice player to have after his third injury and 2nd benching in each jersey.   He'll be a good Shark at the end of this year or next once he checks all those boxes.  

Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:10 am

Martin Havlat out after hamstring surgery

Ouch. GM Doug Wilson said between periods of tongiht's Sharks-Lightning game that the surgery involved one of three (?) tendons. The damage was less than expected. Hopefully Havlat's luck will improve in teal.

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