Martin Havlat

Martin Havlat produces late returns for Sharks


When the San Jose Sharks traded Dany Heatley for Martin Havlat, much of the chatter was about Havlat’s playoff production. Sure, Heater had his moments of postseason glory in Ottawa, but the 2011 run seemed to sour things for the sniper. Much of Havlat’s season has been ravaged by injuries, yet he’s been making waves lately, which can be seen most clearly in the fact that he scored the double overtime-winner to beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 tonight.

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Tonight’s game is the peak, but it’s also a delicious cherry on top of a nice recent run.

After a scoreless return on March 15, Havlat scored four goals and two assists in his next three games. He finished the season with five goals and seven assists for 12 points in 13 contests. In fact, tonight’s two-goal output makes it 14 points in 14 games back.

So, sure, his overall numbers aren’t pretty but Havlat’s becoming a weapon when the Sharks need him the most.

Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension

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What will Raffi Torres get this time?

The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.

It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. For one thing, Torres is a repeat offender who once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.

You can see the hit below:

And here it is slowed down:

Torres got a match penalty and Silfverberg left the game. Fortunately, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have returned, but was kept out for precautionary reasons.

Flames acquire Freddie Hamilton, brother of Dougie

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Roughly three months after acquiring Dougie Hamilton, the Calgary Flames have brought his brother on board too.

Freddie Hamilton was pried away from the Colorado Avalanche for the cost a 2016 conditional seventh-round draft pick, per the Avalanche’s website. The Flames announced that he will report to AHL Stockton.

Freddie, who is the older of the two at 23, is a center that excelled offensively in the OHL and has chipped in at the AHL level. However, he has just one point in 29 contests with Colorado and the San Jose Sharks.

This is obviously not a big trade, but perhaps Freddie will eventually become a solid member of the Flames’ supporting cast. If nothing else, it didn’t cost Calgary much to reunite the brothers. The duo previously played together with the Niagara IceDogs.