Patrick Sharp missed 14 games earlier this season after being concussed in a game against the Kings, and the Stars winger is back on injured reserve with concussion symptoms less than two weeks after returning to action.
The Stars have had to deal with a number of injuries this season, but there may not be another that has been quite as worrisome as the concussion issues plaguing Patrick Sharp.
For the second time this season, the 34-year-old has been forced onto the shelf due to a head injury. The announcement by the Stars came out of nowhere on Saturday, and the veteran winger has been placed on injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 1. The worst of it all, though, is that this second stint on the sideline comes only seven games after he returned from a 14-game absence at the start of the campaign.The problems for Sharp started during an Oct. 20 outing against the Kings, only four games into the campaign.
During that contest, Sharp was entering into the Los Angeles zone on the power play, and as he looked down to settle the puck, Kings blueliner Brayden McNabb stepped up on Sharp, delivering a massive hit to the 34-year-old. Sharp remained down for a moment before getting back to his feet and finishing his shift.
Following the hit, Sharp headed to the dressing room and didn’t return, and he was out for nearly a month with a concussion. The Stars don’t know, however, if Sharp’s most recent bout of symptoms has anything to do with the past concussion.
“We don’t know whether it’s related to the previous one,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said, according to NHL.com’s Sean Shapiro. “But he’s going to be evaluated and obviously he’s going to be out. It’s something we want to be real careful with.”
The concern has to be that if Sharp missed 14 games the first time around, a similar absence could be in the cards this time around, and there’s certainly the potential for him to be sidelined even longer. The nature of the injury doesn’t allow for any concrete timeline for return, though.
Sharp being out only adds to the injury woes for the Stars, too. Along with Sharp, Dallas is missing Ales Hemsky, Mattias Janmark, Jiri Hudler and Johnny Oduya.
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