Havlat skates, Couture questionable

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Havlat skates, Couture questionable

SAN JOSE Injured Sharks forward Marty Havlat skated with the team on Thursday morning, as he continues to recover from a partially torn right hamstring.

Although he wouldnt tell the media either way, per team policy, Havlat still does not have a return date in his own mind.

Ive got to get stronger, and get used to the movements on the ice, he said. All those quick movements, the stops and starts, is the most important during the game and most I have to work on.

Thursday was the second time Havlat was on the ice doing specific hockey-type drills.

The last couple days I was doing some tight turns and a little bit of stops and starts. Not bad for the first two days, he said.
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Obviously, its been a frustrating season for the winger, acquired from Minnesota in the offseason. Hes played in just 26 games, scoring two goals and 13 assists for 15 points after missing the first four games of the season and all of training camp due to offeseason shoulder surgery.

Havlat suffered his latest injury while hopping over the boards on Dec. 17.

When asked about his frustration level due to rehab, Havlat quipped that he could write a book about it.

In other Sharks injury news, forward Dominic Moore will return for Thursdays game against Buffalo after he suffered a lower body injury blocking a shot in Columbus on Feb. 21.

Logan Couture (lower body injury), who missed his first game of the season against Philadelphia on Tuesday, is game-time decision according to assistant coach Jay Woodcroft. Couture skated on Thursday morning, but came off the ice much earlier than his teammates, leading to speculation he will miss a second straight game.

Douglas Murray (fractured Adams apple) remains out.

Sharks ink pair of European prospects

Sharks ink pair of European prospects

The Sharks officially announced the signing of defenseman Radim Simek to a one-year contract on Tuesday, as well as Swedish forward Filip Sandberg to a two-year contract.

Simek’s deal was reported on Monday and confirmed by NBC Sports California. The contract is valued at $925,000 for the 2017-18 season, a source confirmed. The 24-year-old defenseman spent the past five seasons in the Czech league, posting 24 points (11g, 13a) and 30 penalty minutes with a plus-18 rating last season. A left-handed shot, he is listed at five-foot-11 and 196 pounds on the IIHL website.

In 211 career games in the Czech league, he posted 91 points (37g, 54a) and a plus-51 rating.

"Radim is a quick transition defenseman who drives the play offensively and plays with a physical edge," general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "We like his offensive instincts especially on special teams and think his game will translate well in North America."

Sandberg, 22, has 71 points (25g, 46a) in 204 career games in the Swedish league. Last season, he posted 25 points (8g, 17a) and a plus-17 rating in 52 games.

Sandberg is set to make $742,500 in 2017-18 and $792,500 in 2018-19, a source confirmed.

The five-foot-nine, 180-pound Stockholm native also competed in the World Jr. Championships in 2013 and 2014, helping Sweden win silver both years.

"Filip is a very creative player who sees the ice well and can create offense in limited space," Wilson said. "He plays a high-pressure, puck-pursuit game and his battle level is something we have been impressed with, especially against older players. We are excited for him to join our organization."

The contracts for Simek and Forsberg are two-way deals, allowing them to play for the AHL Barracuda next season.

Sharks sign defenseman from Czech Republic

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Sharks sign defenseman from Czech Republic

The Sharks have signed Czech defenseman Radim Simek to a one-year contract.

The two-way deal, originally reported by Radio Praha in the Czech Republic, is expected to be announced by the Sharks later this week, according to a source. Simek just finished competing for his country in the 2017 IIHF World Championships, skating in all eight games for the Czech Republic while posting one goal, one assist, 11 shots and a minus-two rating.

Simek, 24, has spent the last five seasons in the Czech League. In 42 games for Liberec in 2016-17, he posted 24 points (11g, 13a) and 30 penalty minutes with a plus-18 rating. A left-handed shot, he is listed at five-foot-11 and 196 pounds on the IIHF website.

The New York Rangers were also interested in Simek, according to the report.

Simek will likely begin next season with the AHL Barracuda.

The Sharks have signed a number of free agents out of Europe in recent seasons, including Joonas Donskoi in 2015 and Marcus Sorensen and Tim Heed last May.