Havlat and Hasek to return before playoffs?
According to Bob McKenzie, Martin Havlat needs only medical clearance to be back on the ice with the Northeast leading Senators. McKenzie reports that Havlat practised on a line with Danny Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson on Wednesday (March 15) and could be back before April 10th, his original return date.
As for Dominik Hasek, McKenzie reports that Hasek will join the team in Boston tonight, and that he will partake in an equipment-free skate today (March 16).
As a Sens fan, this is awesome news for me. We look to be getting a solid RW back and our #1 goalie should be back by the time we need him most in the playoffs. So, what does this mean for the team? Well, the lineup will have to change. Here’s what I’d love to see come playoff time:
Heatley – Spezza – Alfredsson
Smolinsky – Arnason – Havlat
Schaefer – Fisher – Neil
Varada – Kelly – Vermette
Extras: Eaves, McGrattan
Redden – Meszaros
Chara – Phillips
Pothier – Volchenkov