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Logan Couture out 3-4 weeks after hand surgery

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Ugh. Already a clown car of beat-up, bandaged-up, rehabbing, be-crutched dudes, the Sharks’ forward corps took another huge blow Tuesday night:

David Pollak is also hearing the same.

Boy, that came out of nowhere, huh? Couture, the Robin to Joe Thornton’s Batman, had been missing the occasional practice lately but didn’t miss any games. Kurz has a source telling him that the injury had been bothering Couture “for several weeks.” Now those shots Couture was weirdly missing wide of the goal during that brutal slump recently might make a little more sense.

The Sharks’ lines, meantime, are being held together by scotch tape and chewing gum. The team is already without forwards Raffi Torres (ACL), Adam Burish (back) (both of whom have yet to play a single game this year but should be back sometime after the Olympic break), wonderboy Tomas Hertl (knee surgery), Tommy Wingels (upper body) and Martin Havlat (being Martin Havlat). You can now add Couture to that list once you blow your nose and dry your eyes.

It’s not clear what effect this news has on Couture’s Olympic hopes. Even despite coming off a four-game goal scoring streak, Couture is considered to be on the bubble to make Team Canada. He had once been considered an easy choice, but a recent ugly 11-game goal drought during December helped put his roster spot into question. Couture would be back in time before the NHL takes its Olympic break, but does Canada want to take a chance on a player who is recently coming off surgery without getting much of a chance to see how well he plays upon his return? FWIW, before news of the surgery broke, TSN’s Bob McKenzie didn’t think Couture’s lingering injury would hurt his Olympic chances.

Team Cananda announces its 25-man roster 8 a.m. tomorrow.

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