The end of a hockey season always means teams finally disclose what injuries players were dealing with. Sometimes it might explain poor play, but players almost always will never use that as an excuse. Either way, it sheds light on how many guys are playing hurt and how paranoid teams are when it comes to making injuries public.
With the Sharks ending their season on Tuesday, we can now find learn some of the Sharks’ official injury list. Some of these were known, some come as surprises.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – hairline fracture, left foot
Suffered the injury blocking a shot in Game 4 vs. the Kings. Had the foot frozen before every game thereafter. Won’t need offseason surgery.
Logan Couture – left ankle
Hurt his ankle and missed nearly a period’s worth of time after crashing into the boards in Game 3 of the Kings series. Required an injection prior to games after that.
Martin Havlat – pulled groin
Originally hurt in Game 1 of the Canucks series in the first round. Told Todd McLellan he could come back for Game 3 against the Kings but couldn’t finish the game. Didn’t return in the series, capping an utterly frustrating postseason for Havlat, as well as for the Sharks in dealing with him. You could probably say the same for his entire two-year stint in San Jose. This might be the last we’ve seen Havlat on Team Teal. Here’s a totally depressing tidbit from Kevin Kurz that might portend things to come this offseason:
Havlat was given a temporary locker stall in the Sharks’ dressing room at their practice facility between games six and seven against the Kings. To put that in perspective, Freddie Hamilton, Alex Stalock, Matt Pelech and Matt Tennyson all had regular locker stalls.
In the press box for Game 7 at Staples Center, Havlat sat by himself, while the other Sharks scratches sat together on the complete opposite side in their assigned seats.
Maybe we should also be listing Havlat with a broken heart.