The San Jose Sharks can't wait for Martin Havlat to return to their lineup in the coming season, which starts Saturday.
The Sharks had big plans for this gifted forward after acquiring him from the Minnesota Wild in the summer of 2011. But a torn hamstring limited Havlat to 39 games in 2011-12, and the Sharks struggled without him, going two games over .500 (17-15-7). Clearly, the Sharks will need the five-time 20-goal scorer to be healthy and perform if they plan on having legitimate Stanley Cup aspirations. "Marty is an important player for us," Sharks GM Doug Wilson said. "If you look at our record with him in the lineup, it was very good. We missed him."