CSNBayArea.com reports that San Jose forward Martin Havlat (torn hamstring) is expected to be back in the lineup by mid-March. The 30-year-old has played just 26 games (2G, 13A) for the Sharks since being traded in July from Minnesota for Dany Heatley.
San Jose coach Todd McLellan is counting on Havlat to be an impact player once the playoffs start.
“He’s going to have to take great pride in his fitness and his preparation and I think he’s that type of guy,” McLellan said. “His opportunity to play in games down the stretch is going to be real important. He’ll have to be sharp, his practice time will be important, but we need him. He’s an important piece and fills out our top six.”
McLellan has been playing Tommy Wingels in the top six, but despite such an awesome name, Wingels is only a rookie.
Aaron Ward, a 16-year NHL veteran that appeared in over 800 career games, has been arrested for assault on a female, per WNCN.
Ward was arrested on Friday in Cary, North Carolina and also charged with interfering with emergency communication, according to the report.
Currently working as an analyst for TSN, Ward spent five years of his career in Carolina, helping the ‘Canes capture the Stanley Cup in 2006.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Defenseman Logan Pyett of the Philadelphia Flyers’ AHL affiliate has been diagnosed with a form of cancer and will be out indefinitely.
The team said Friday the 27-year-old Canadian has a sarcoma in his upper leg. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall says the club offers “heartfelt thoughts and prayers.”
Pyett signed a one-year contract with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms after being at the Flyers’ training camp. He was selected by Detroit in the seventh round of the 2006 NHL entry draft. He signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers in 2012 and spent two seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League.