Joe Thornton has surgery on right MCL, no timetable for return

Joe Thornton

Sharks center Joe Thornton is out indefinitely after he underwent arthroscopic surgery Thursday to address an issue with his injured right medial collateral ligament, the Sharks announced just prior to the start of the team’s game with the New York Rangers.

The latest update did not give an exact timetable for when Thornton might resume skating or playing, although Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said Wednesday that Thornton’s injury would cause him miss “several weeks.”

Thornton’s MCL injury occurred in the late stages of Tuesday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets, as he collided with teammate  Mikkel Boedker near center ice with roughly 44 seconds left in the third period.

The 38-year-old has 13 goals and 36 points in 47 games this season.

San Jose is always one of those teams that judge themselves on playoffs success. We all know it is not going to be easy with a player like Thornton missing from this core. It will certainly be interesting to see if this club makes any moves prior to the trade deadline to address these needs…