Logan Couture. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)
The San Jose Sharks could be without Logan Couture for a while. The center had to be helped off the ice at Sharks practice Thursday and was seen using crutches and a walking boot. San Jose GM Doug Wilson said the team won’t know the extent of Couture’s injury until Friday.
Things were going so well for the Sharks to start the 2015-16 campaign, but their roster may have taken a significant blow as it appears center Logan Couture could be sidelined with a right leg injury.
Couture, 26, suffered the injury on what was reported as a “fluke fall,” by TSN’s Darren Dreger. CSN Bay Area’s Kevin Kurz, Couture went down in the corner during a drill in practice and appeared to be in a fair amount of pain. He was helped off the ice by Brent Burns and Brenden Dillon, Kurz reported, and wasn’t putting any weight on his right leg.
The San Jose Mercury News’ Curtis Pashelka noted that he saw Couture leaving New Jersey’s Prudential Center on crutches with a protective boot on his right foot. The Sharks are in New Jersey to take on the Devils Friday night.
Sharks GM Doug Wilson told Kurz that the team has no updates on Couture’s status, saying only he was going for an evaluation and San Jose may know the extent of Couture’s injury by Friday.
No roster moves have been announced by the Sharks. If Couture is out for a significant period of time, it could open the door for Melker Karlsson, who played 53 games with the Sharks in 2014-15, to be called up from the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda.
San Jose has been off to a hot start this season, winning each of their first three contests by a combined score of 12-1. Through three games, Couture had registered one assist and was averaging nearly 18 minutes of ice time per game. In 2014-15, Couture set career-highs with 40 assists and 67 points.