Sharks notes: Havlat stresses importance of camp

Sharks notes: Havlat stresses importance of camp
January 17, 2013, 11:30 am
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Havlat had 27 points (7g, 20a) in 37 games with the Sharks last season, and another three points (2g, 1a) in the five-game first round loss to the Blues. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

SAN JOSE – Marty Havlat’s most memorable moment with the Sharks last season had nothing to do with a slick pass or a timely goal. No, Havlat’s season will be remembered more for suffering a major hamstring injury in December while hopping over the boards for a line change and then crawling back to the bench door. He didn’t return until mid-March.

It’s easy to forget, though, that Havlat had major shoulder surgery in the summer of 2011 after getting hurt in the World Championships while playing for the Czech Republic. He missed the first three games of the season and did not get to participate in training camp.

Although it’s only a week this season, Havlat is glad he’s able to train with the Sharks while he prepares for what he surely hopes is a better year.

“For sure. It’s always hard when you’re coming from a long-term surgery or injury, especially when that happens during a season and you’re coming back and everybody is flying 100 miles an hour around you,” Havlat said. “It’s tough to come back. But, I had a good summer. A few more days to go.”

Havlat had 27 points (7g, 20a) in 37 games with the Sharks last season, and another three points (2g, 1a) in the five-game first round loss to the Blues.

Boyle glad he stayed home

Dan Boyle is content with his decision to not go overseas during the lockout. The defenseman spent the 2004-05 canceled season in Sweden, but opted to stay close to home this time around with his wife and two daughters.

“Time will tell. I think the guys that didn’t play may be a tad bit behind when the season starts, but maybe down the road that might pay off,” Boyle said.

I asked Boyle if the shortened season would benefit physical players that had time to recover, or finesse players with strong skating ability, like him.

“I would guess that the guys that can skate, in this game today, would have the advantage over the guys that are a little slower or it takes more time to get going,” he said.

Important year for Greiss

Thomas Greiss is an unrestricted free agent this summer, so he’ll certainly want a chance to impress in a shortened season. The problem is, if Antti Niemi gets off to a hot start and is playing consistent hockey, Greiss might not get much of an opportunity.

“It’s new for everybody,” Greiss said of the shortened season. “We’ll see how it goes, and the coach will handle it any way he wants.”

How is he preparing?

“Just like every other year, work as hard as I can and play my best. The other things will follow.”

Mashinter says goodbye

Brandon Mashinter said goodbye to his Worcester Sharks teammates on Wednesday after he was traded to the Connecticut Whale for forward Tommy Grant and a conditional seventh round draft pick.

“I’ll miss all the guys here,” Mashinter told the Worcester Telegram. “It’s been my team for all these years and I’ve made a lot of friends. But I think this will be good for me. I’m hoping it’s good for me.”

Mashinter’s 236 games played for Worcester is second all-time, according to the Telegram.

Iginla skating again

Flames captain Jarome Iginla should be fine to play in the opener against San Jose on Sunday, after missing a few practices with a groin injury.

From the Calgary Herald:

“Thankfully, I felt really good — way better than last week — and I’m not expecting it to be an issue,” said Iginla, who operated on a line with Curtis Glencross and (centre) Alex Tanguay. “I expect to be ready and to play well for the team."

Iginla, 35, hasn’t missed a game since April 8, 2007. He’s skated in all 82 games nine times in his career.

Jiri Hudler, who signed with Calgary in the offseason, may not be available. The Czech native and long time Detroit Red Wings winger traveled back to his native country to attend to his ailing father, who died at the age of 50 on Monday.