As if the San Jose Sharks doesn’t have enough going on offense already, they could receive another boost as it appears that Martin Havlat will begin practicing with the team soon. He’s been skating hard on his own for a while now as he continues to rehab from a surgically repaired pelvic floor.
Coach Todd McLellan spoke to CSNBayarea.com about Havlat’s recovery:
“Marty is making good progress. I think you’ll see Marty be able to join our team in the near future as far as practicing all out, and doing those types of things. He’s worked really hard on his rehab.
Given the player’s recent spotty history and how well the Sharks have played recently, it will be interesting to see how they manage to shoehorn him into the lineup. Given the money that Havlat is set to make this season ($5 million cap hit) it’s unlikely that San Jose will leave him up in the press box too long.
There is no longer the option to bury the veteran in the minors, so a youngster like Matt Nieto will likely be pushed out of the lineup once Havlat returns. Since joining the Sharks two seasons ago, he has appeared in 79 games while scoring 15 goals.