***UPDATED 3:55 p.m.** Comcast SportsNet Bay Area confirmed that Havlat will not suit up for the season opener against Vancouver on October 3rd :
Wilson spoke with CSNCalifornia.com on Wednesday, reiterating that although Havlat is expected to return to the Sharks lineup this season, he will not be ready for the season opener. Havlat is making strides in rehab and was able to take the ice with the team on Monday and Tuesday at Sharks Ice.
If it were up to Havlat, he'd be ready for the opener, telling CSN's Brodie Brazil:
"If there were a game tomorrow, I'd want to be in it. And I would be playing. Feels great right now.”
Of course, this is typical talk from a professional athlete; always ready to get out on the ice and compete. In truth, Havlat still has some rehabbing to do in order for him to be game-ready and be healthy enough to avoid any additional injuries. Wilson was hesitant to outline any sort of projected return date for Havlat, simply stating,
“He had his surgery, and he’s progressing really well,” Wilson said. “We have to continue to do the rehab to get him ready to play.”
The Sharks will hold their first preseason practice today, and scrimmage at Sharks Ice tomorrow and Saturday. Attendance is open to the public, but will be limited to the first 250 fans.
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