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Report: Sharks’ Braun has a fractured hand

Dec 11, 2012, 11:01 PM EDT

Justin Braun

Justin Braun is heading back to North America after fracturing his hand, according to Matias Strozyk of Elite Prospects. He had been playing with the Finnish squad Tappara Tampere.

Although it’s not clear how much time Braun will need to recover from his injury, it’s worth noting that if the lockout ends soon and he’s not healthy, he could be in a bit of a messy situation.

Based on the NHLPA’s pre-lockout memo, the San Jose Sharks will be able to suspend him without pay until he’s capable of playing if he’s not healthy by the end of the lockout.

Before the work stoppage, Braun was projected to make $1 million in the first season of his three-year, $3.75 million deal with the San Jose Sharks. He earned that deal after establishing himself with the Sharks and logging an average of 16:33 minutes per game through 66 contests in 2011-12. His ice time ballooned to 17:55 minutes per game in the playoffs.

He had three assists in six SM-liiga games before leaving the country.

  1. lvshark22 - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    Hope its nothing serious. I really like what I’ve seen of Braun. Lots of potential.

  2. blomfeld - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:56 AM

    BRAUN SCHMAUN !

    I also wish the best for the young man. However there are far more important matters on the table right now … including the very “best” Christmas present that we could all ever possibly ask for … NHL hockey ! Yes friends, I’m now convinced that “something” is indeed going to happen tomorrow and that this upset will finally come to an end ! I’m not sure if any of you subscribe to “numerology” like me, however I’ll have you know that tomorrow is 12/12/12. And even with just my cursory knowledge on the subject, I myself know only too well that 12/12/12 is a “very” significant set of numbers ! So be “at the ready” friends, as this may finally be it ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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