Martin Havlat looking ahead
Wild no more.
New San Jose Shark Martin Havlat was interviewed by IDNES.cz yesterday while training in Montreal, and went into some depth about the event of the summer. He discussed his shoulder injury, suffered this spring at the IIHF Championships, and his surprise in being the “replacement” for Dany Heatley, who joins his former club, the Wild, among other things.
The streaky but skilled winger is preparing himself for the upcoming season, and is in the middle of rehabilitation. He said he is “very excited” to be heading to a team that has “every chance of winning a Cup.” He noted that he has “some idea about the role I’ll play on the team” but that the specifics won’t be addressed until training camp.
He spoke like a man with a lot to prove, and one with a lot of question marks that require answering. I don’t think Havlat yet qualifies as a player that was in need of a “change of scenery.” He struggles with adjustments, to new coaches and teammates. It often takes him much time to find his groove, thus seemingly canceling any quick benefit. Tack on his injuries, and it becomes clear Havlat is a player still unfulfilled. But with a team that is as deep as San Jose, and as experienced, surely Havlat will be able to mesh. He scored 57 points in 56 for the Blackhawks as recently as 2006-2007, but injuries have limited him since then. Last season with the Wild he went 22-40-62 in 78 games.
He went from being a “face of the franchise” guy alongside Miikko Koivu in Minnesota, in another piece of the (hopefully) Championship Sharks. It seems like a good fit.