The San Jose Sharks have already been bit pretty badly by the injury bug, without captain Joe Thornton for the foreseeable future due to a knee injury. San Jose may have been deal another blow Thursday night when forward Joel Ward was shoved into the boards from behind by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt.
Ward did not return to that game, and on Thursday, head coach Peter DeBoer said Ward sustained a "significant injury" and while no specific timetable was given for his return, he too sounds like he will be out for a while.
DeBoer meanwhile was upset over the play Ward sustained his injury on. It occurred about seven minutes into the second period, with the Sharks trailing 2-1. No penalty was assessed on the play, and Ward did not return to the game.
"I'm just speechless by it, I don't know what the call is," DeBoer said on Friday, according to the Mercury News. "Is it two-minute boarding? It's something, though. You've got a veteran guy that's out with a significant injury, that's the disappointing part."
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The Sharks enter play Friday tied for the Calgary Flames for second place in the Pacific Division (the Flames hold the tie-breaker with one more regulation or overtime victory), but also sit one point ahead of the Los Angeles Kings for ninth place in the West.
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Less than three weeks away from the trade deadline, it's unclear what approach San Jose will take. Thornton's status was always thought to play a role in if general manager Doug Wilson decided to attempt to buy or sell assets, and it's still unclear when Thornton will be ready to return,