These are rocky times for the Sharks. Power play is in disarray. Logan Couture and Brent Burns haven’t been productive. Antti Niemi isn’t making the saves he would normally otherwise make. It’s no wonder the team has just two wins in their last eight games. And now another crushing blow to morale: your mom’s favorite player, hotshot 20-year-old rookie Tomas Hertl, is reportedly out for at least a month with a knee injury.
What happened? Some shady business in the Kings game last night, that’s what happened.
Not cool, Dustin Brown. Not cool.
For his part, Brown was given a five-minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct. There’s still debate as to whether it was intentional. Brown has a history of this sort of thing, so he does not get the benefit of the doubt in our book.
As for Hertl, the Sharks are still awaiting his MRI results, so it’s possible he’ll be out for even more than a month, depending on what they return. Don’t expect the Sharks to divulge many details. You’re better off getting nuclear launch codes from some important military guy at the Pentagon than trying to get injury information from NHL teams. Unless Hertl is going to need surgery, in which case the Sharks might say so in maybe three days, if we’re lucky.
In addition to making you jump out of your seat in disbelief, Hertl leads all rookies in scoring with 25 points and is a candidate to be selected for the Czech national team in the Sochi Olympics. If the Sharks already needed to pick up their production on the other team’s end of the ice, now they really need to pick it up.