Sharks expect Havlat back before playoffs

2 Comments 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.