Havlat skates, Couture questionable

March 1, 2012, 7:49 pm
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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.