Due to a minor arthroscopic knee procedure, the Sharks could be without defenseman Kyle McLaren for a game or two. The procedure was performed Monday morning and McLaren has been rehabbing at Logitech Ice each day.
“There was nothing structurally wrong,” said McLaren. “If the playoffs were underway, I wouldn’t have had it done. It was just a clean up and with the five days off, it was perfect timing. There is no way I would do this during the playoffs.”
McLaren laughed about how easy the procedure was.
“It took 12 minutes,” laughed McLaren. “It took longer for me to fall asleep than for the surgery.”
“I could miss a game or two, but I will be back for the rest of the season,” said McLaren. “Now it is just waiting for the swelling to go down. I don’t have to worry about it any more.”
The knee had been bothering McLaren for almost two weeks.
To adjust, the Sharks will call up Josh Gorges from Cleveland.
“More than likely, he will miss the game on Friday,” said Wilson. “He is possible for Sunday and very likely for Tuesday. Gorges is coming up to be the extra defenseman. I wouldn’t anticipate Kyle playing against Washington, but there is a good chance for Anaheim.”
ENJOYING THE BREAK
The Sharks continued their run of six days without a game, and Wilson took advantage with a detailed practice. The Sharks bench boss is not worried about losing momentum on the five-game winning streak.
“I don’t think it’s a bad thing,” said Wilson. “That is being more superstitious. I’ve got a lot of Christmas shopping done. I’ve liked the tempo of our practices and the energy out there.”
PRAISE FROM THE PEERS
The Hockey News asked 30 NHLers, one from each team, "Who is the most underrated player in the NHL?“
26 players were named, with only four mentioned twice - Buffalo center Daniel Briere, Los Angeles center Craig Conroy, Philadelphia left winger Simon Gagne and Dallas right winger Jere Lehtinen.”
Sharks blueliner Scott Hannan was among those mentioned.
“Hannan from San Jose, the defenseman. I think, for me as a forward, he's the toughest defenseman to play against in the league. He's just good. He's good in every way. He doesn't go out and hit and kill people, but he gives you nothing. I've been saying this for a few years already, since he started playing there. I think he's awesome. I think he's one of the best defensemen in this league.” - Petr Sykora
Clowe has split the season between San Jose and Cleveland as he was recalled by the Sharks on December 3rd. After beginning the season with the Sharks, he was initially assigned to Cleveland on November 20th. In 16 games with the Sharks, he has posted two assists and nine penalty minutes. With the Barons, he has produced six points (two goals, four assists) in three games.
USHL NETMINDER OF THE MONTH Alex Stalock
, San Jose’s fourth round pick (112th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, was named goaltender of the month in the USHL.