Now that the start of the season has become a very real thing in sight with the lockout tentatively coming to an end Sunday, the Sharks have some very real injuries they need to deal with now.
And as it turns out, all of those hit by the injury bug are defenseman.
First there’s Brent Burns, who had had surgery in May to correct a sports hernia and groin injury that hobbled him for the latter half of last season. Burns has been rehabbing in the Bay Area, but his availability for the season opener later this month is unclear. From CSN’s Kevin Kurz:
“It happened last year. I played with it for the whole second half of the year. I played through it,” Burns said. “We didn’t really know what it was, found it, found out and tried to fix it.”
Burns was on the ice with some Sharks teammates on Thursday and Friday, but stayed out for only about 20 minutes on Friday. He hedged his bets when asked to put a percentage on the chance he would be in the lineup for a potential game on Jan. 19, when the NHL would like to begin a 48-game regular season.
“I don’t know if you’re going to get a comment on that one. I’m going to plead the fifth on that one,” Burns said.
Next, there’s Jason Demers. We previously passed along the news that Demers would be out for at least four-to-six weeks with the broken wrist. However, that amount of time might be excessive, so reports Kurz again:
— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) January 6, 2013
Of course, there’s also the news that fellow blue liner Justin Braun could miss time after breaking a bone in his wrist/hand last month.
All these injuries to defenseman are made perhaps a tad better with the Sharks’ acquisition of Brad Stuart from the Red Wings over the summer. Still, the potential of being short staffed on the blue line at the start of the season is worrisome, given that the penalty kill was a considerable sore spot for the Sharks last season. GAHHHHHH.