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Sharks’ Havlat undergoes groin surgery: does it involve an unhappy camper avoiding a buyout?

Per the Associated Press, one of the San Jose Sharks' cap compliance buy-out candidates removed himself from the list...

San Jose Sharks forward Marty Havlat has undergone surgery to help repair the injured groin that sidelined him during the playoffs and will not be an option to be bought out of the final two years of his contract this summer.

General manager Doug Wilson said Monday that Havlat had a bilateral pelvic floor reconstruction earlier this month and will be sidelined indefinitely.

With Havlat injured, the Sharks will not be able to use one of the two compliance buyouts in the new collective bargaining agreement to get out of the final two years of his $30 million, six-year contract.

Wilson had previously not said whether the team would use a buyout this summer. He said Monday he does not expect that to happen.

Per Pro Hockey Talk's Mike Halford, there may be tension afoot, as reported by Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area's Kevin Kurz:

The Sharks also revealed that Marty Havlat was unable to play with a pulled groin. Havlat left Game 1 of the Canucks series in the first period, and after telling the Sharks’ coaching staff he was good to return in Game 3 against the Kings, left his team shorthanded by departing before the end of the opening frame.

In what could be perceived as a sign of frustration from the organization, 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, AHL call-ups 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 end in the seats set aside for visiting players.

Tension may involve perception thereof, however, because the Mercury News's David Pollak's report makes it sound like all is at least relatively well between the Sharks and Havlat:

Wilson, who is preparing for the NHL draft in Newark, N.J. on Sunday, said the surgery was performed by Dr. William Myers in Philadelphia.

"It's not an uncommon type of injury for hockey players," Wilson said. "The severity, both sides, time will tell. That was the diagnosis, that was the procedure and there was not a timeline attached to the end of it."

Havlat's injury makes him ineligible for a compliance buyout, although Wilson said he did not see the team buying out any players' contracts. Havlat, 32, has two years left on his deal.

"We're trying to build on the momentum of how our team played down the stretch, certainly after the trade deadline," Wilson said. "Everybody's important, the key now is to build on that."

Before this year, Havlat, a 12-year NHL veteran, only missed one of 73 playoff games because of injury in his career.

"He was injured, he couldn't play, it's been dealt with," Wilson said. "Where it goes from here will be based on his recovery."

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mormerod19's avatar

I doubt he would do it just to avoid a buy out. It seems to me that in most cases buy outs are not that bad for the player. They get most of their salary, and then get more from another team as well as a fresh start. If Havlat was to be bought out he probably could have gone to the KHL for good money and spent a year or two without getting pounded into injury. Also, they’ll still have a chance to buy him out next year. (except for the fact that he’ll probably be hurt again).

Posted by mormerod19 on 06/24/13 at 06:45 PM ET

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