The end of the hockey season also bears the tradition of the season ending injury update.
For competitive reasons, teams keep long-term and day-to-day injuries close to the vest in the postseason. Now that their playoffs have concluded, San Jose has divulged the list of injuries affecting many players in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Eliminating excuses at all levels has become part of the Sharks hockey philosophy, which is another reason many of these ailments don’t come to light during the postseason.
On the blueline, Kyle McLaren’s groin is improving and he will have his knee revisited next week and Christian Ehrhoff had a high ankle sprain (suffered against Los Angeles in the next to last regular season game) that prevented him from representing Germany in the World Championships. Brian Campbell was playing through an MCL sprain that he suffered in the Calgary series and will have an MRI on his right knee and shoulder and Craig Rivet was dealing with various injuries to his wrist, knee and elbow that will require MRI’s.
Up front, Milan Michalek’s shoulder injury that he suffered in Game 6 against Dallas has prevented him from representing the Czech Republic at the World Championships. Captain Patrick Marleau
will have an MRI done to his shoulder and Jonathan Cheechoo was playing with an MCL sprain.
Devin Setoguchi will be undergoing the most rehab as he will have his left shoulder repaired and a sports hernia operation.
Mike Grier will have his right knee scoped and Joe Thornton
will have an MRI on his leg due to a hit in Game 6. Patrick Rissmiller will have a sports hernia operation and Curtis Brown will have an MRI on his left hand (not the one he seriously injured his thumb on during the regular season).
Keeping the players going through all these different ailments is vital to a team’s success and the Sharks training staff did their usual stellar job in keeping things going. Many of the inuries listed above would have kept players out of regular season games, but as with all hockey players with the game on the line during the playoffs, there is a difference in playing hurt versus being injured.
“Ray Tufts (Head Athletic Trainer, A.T.,C), Mike Potenza (Strength and Conditioning Coordinator) and our medical and training staff did an unbelievable job in keeping everyone together,” said Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson.
All necessary medical procedures are scheduled to take place next week.