The San Jose Sharks and their fans received some bad news today as it was announced that Logan Couture would be out indefinitely after having surgery to repair an arterial bleed in his thigh. While I don’t expect the recovery time to be as long as his previous hiatus this is another setback in a season of bad luck for the Sharks alternate captain who has only seen the ice in 5 games of the sharks 28 game season. The fortunate news is that this injury is separate from his previous injury. The Sharks explained it as follows in a series of tweets.
On 12/9 at EDM, Logan Couture suffered trauma to his right thigh, creating a Charley-horse effect which prohibited him from returning to the game. Upon returning to San Jose, it was discovered that there was a small arterial bleed in the area. Last night, Logan underwent a successful procedure in San Jose to close the artery and is expected to make a full recovery. At this time, there is no projected time frame for his return to the ice but we do not expect this to be a long-term recovery. Fortunately, this injury is completely unrelated to his previous ankle injury.
In more positive news the Sharks number one defenceman Marc-Edouard Vlasic has returned to practice and could be ready to play in the Sharks Saturday night game against the Minnesota Wild. In preparation for this move the Sharks made a few moves. Mirco Mueller was sent back down to the San Jose Barracuda. Ben Smith will join Mueller as he has also been assigned to the NHL for a conditioning stint. Hopefully this means that Smith is close to returning to action himself as he as also missed most of the season with injury. The Sharks called up Ryan Carpenter from the Barracuda who will as per Kevin Kurz will play on the fourth line. Carpenter who wears the number 40 has played 20 games for the Barracuda scoring 2 goals and 16 assists. The Sharks at least in practice have appeared to put their entire forward line up in a blender looking for a spark.
Pavelski with Hertl and Marleau today. Thornton with Wingels and Karlsson. Tierney centering Donskoi and Ward. Carpenter with Zubrus, Brown
— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) December 11, 2015
Matt Nieto was not skating today, not sure if there is an injury concern or not. The new looks Sharks lines are interesting on many fronts. It separates “The Joes’s” allowing Wingels to see some top line minutes. Maybe this is the spark Wingels needs to finally find his game. Also Hertl will return to the wing on the second line, I have been very impressed by Hertl’s play this year but Marleau has been nothing short of fantastic since moving to center so I am excited to see what this combination is able to produce. I’m concerned with Tierney moving up to the third line to take on those duties he has struggled more than I’d have liked to see thus far this year. The fourth line looks like it’s usual tire fire.
We will all see how this turns out when the Sharks face the Wild on Saturday Night at 7:30 PM before they head out on an eastern road trip.