Sharks defenseman Justin Braun appears doubtful to begin the season healthy enough to play, according to CSN’s Kevin Kurz.
Braun broke a bone in his wrist in December while playing in Finland during the lockout. His left wrist and hand have been immobilized for the past five weeks with a cast. Braun says he needs to wear the cast for five-to-seven weeks, which means he could be held out of the first week of the season. The Sharks are scheduled to open the season Jan. 20 in Calgary.
“I’m not really sure what happened. It started nagging me a little bit and I didn’t think anything was broken,” Braun said. “I didn’t lose any strength right away, so I thought it was like a nerve. I was getting treatment for that, and after the sixth game I was in quite a bit of pain. I got an MRI and found out it was broken, so I came home right away.”
Braun has been skating at unofficial practices this week with teammates, although he hasn’t been doing any stick work.
The Sharks are currently banged up at the defenseman position. Along with Braun, both Brent Burns and Jason Demers’ statuses are unclear for the start of the season. Burns is recovering from sports hernia surgery and Demers also has a wrist fracture.
All this in a season where getting off the good start is more important than ever. Coming off a season in which the Sharks were terrible at defense and penalty kill. Just the Sharks’ luck. Thanks, hockey gods.
But at least one Sharks defenseman had a good lockout. Allegedly.