Sharks' Havlat out for 'extended period' after surgery

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Sharks' Havlat out for 'extended period' after surgery

SAN JOSE Sharks general manager Doug Wilson called it a good news, bad news situation for Marty Havlat.Bad, because the injured winger suffered a partial tear of his left hamstring that will keep him out a ballpark of six-to-eight weeks. Good, though, in that Havlat and the Sharks thought they might be dealing with a complete tear that would have likely sidelined the 30-year-old for the rest of the season.Havlat had the hamstring repaired by Dr. Mark Safran at Stanford University on Wednesday.

The news going in to surgery was we thought it could have been a complete tear. It was not, said Wilson before the Sharks-Lightning game at HP Pavilion. The procedure was done, there was one tendon that was torn. Its been repaired surgically, and hes going to be out an extended period of time, but he will be back way in advance, prior to the end of the year. Thats the best case scenario for us.

A reliable medical source later confirmed that six-to-eight weeks is an accurate time frame for recovery from a partially torn hamstring.
Havlat suffered the injury hopping over the boards midway through the third period of Saturdays 3-2 win over Edmonton. He scored earlier in the game, just his second goal of the season, after a two assist effort the prior game against Colorado.Its frustrating because he was playing very well and was right on track with how we want him to play, but well deal with it as every other team has had to, said Wilson.Havlat missed all of training camp and the first three games of the regular season with a shoulder injury he suffered in May, while playing for the Czech Republic in the World Championships.Having a significant mid-season injury is nothing new to Havlat, either. He missed the majority of the 2005-06 season with a shoulder injury while in Ottawa, playing in just 18 games. After a trade to Chicago that offseason, Havlat played in 56 games with the Blackhawks in 2006-07 but just 35 games in 2007-08 with shoulder and groin injuries.In 26 games this season, Havlat has two goals and 13 assists for 15 points and 16 penalty minutes.

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.