The San Jose Sharks have confirmed that star forward Logan Couture has a fractured right fibula and will miss four-to-six weeks as a result. Couture sustained the injury during yesterday’s practice. Couture was centering the Sharks’ second line, playing between left winger Patrick Marleau and right winger Joel Ward.
This is obviously a huge loss for the San Jose Sharks. The team has gotten off to such a great start, going 3-0-0. This will give new head coach Peter DeBoer a chance to show everyone what he is really made of. DeBoer has tried to downplay the loss to the media.
“[Couture]’s out, and until he’s back someone else has to do the job,” he said.
However, the reality is that Couture is one of the most complete young players in the game. He does a little bit of everything for the San Jose Sharks, and he will be sorely missed.
“You don’t replace Logan Couture,” Sharks captain Joe Pavelski said. “He has a big presence through the middle for us. He plays in all situations, [penalty kill], power play. So we’re filling a few holes. But guys will slide into those slots and do the job. It doesn’t really change the way we want to play or anything.”
I know one thing is for sure: fantasy hockey owners will be disappointed. Couture established a career-high in points last season with 67 (27-40 ) and appeared in all 82 contests. I think everybody expected him to build on that this season. The only positive for fantasy owners here is the injury has occurred extremely early on in the year. Luckily, the waiver wire is full of players who have gotten off to unexpectedly good starts.
I wish Logan Couture a speedy recovery.
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