San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture underwent surgery last week to fix a hand that he broke in a fight. That fight came against Mike Richards in game six of the NHL playoffs. General manager Doug Wilson announced the surgery was successful on Tuesday.
Due to the success of the surgery, Couture is expected to be 100% by the time training camp comes around in September.
Logan Couture’s injury was not the only one that possibly hampered the Sharks during their collapse in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. There was a laundry list that was released after.
This included Patrick Marleau who had a torn ligament in his wrist as well as a torn oblique, Joe Pavelski with a torn labrum, Brent Burns with a torn ligament in his thumb, Jason Demers with a a fractured foot, and Raffi Torres and Tomas Hertl both still suffering from the after-effects of their knee injuries.
While Wilson iterated that the injuries were not an excuse for the loss in the series, it does make you wonder whether the team could get a bit younger with many key guys breaking down in that playoff series.
Probably the biggest loss during that series, defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, is doing much better and David Pollack has written that “The head is clear after that forearm shot by Jarret Stoll, the damage to his knee on the same play requires a little more rest before Vlasic is good to go.”
He’s referring to the concussion Vlasic suffered during that series against he L.A. Kings at the hand (or more succinctly forearm) of Jarret Stoll. Apparently all seems to be well, though he also had a sprained MCL where Vlasic said “If I take care of it now, I should be 100 percent come training camp.”
With Vlasic and Couture the young core of this team moving forward, it will be important that both are fully healthy going into next season.