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GM Wilson: It’s too early to tell if Hertl’s season is done

Dec 21, 2013, 3:06 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 12: Tomas Hertl #48 of the San Jose Sharks skates against the Minnesota Wild during the second period at SAP Center on December 12, 2013 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Getty Images

The reports that San Jose Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl would be sidelined for at least a month with a knee injury were correct.

San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson confirmed as much, although he cautioned that due to the swelling, a full evaluation still hasn’t been made. The possibility of the 20-year-old forward needing surgery also hasn’t been taken off of the table.

To make matters more grim, Wilson wasn’t comfortable saying definitely that Hertl would be back this season.

“It’s too early,” Wilson told reporters. “Ask me in a week or two or three. Right now the prognosis is a month, but we are prepared that it could be longer. How much longer? I don’t know.”

Hertl leads all rookies with 15 goals and 25 points in 35 games this season. He sustained the injury because of a knee-on-knee hit from Los Angeles’ Dustin Brown.

You can watch Wilson’s interview below, courtesy of the Sharks’ official website.

  1. sjtorpitt - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Fu*k you Duster Brown. I sincerely hope Torres blows out your knee.

    • bcsteele - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      Stay classy bro…

      I don’t agree with what Dustin Brown did at all but damn.


      Blues fan

      • sjsblitz - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        If your Rookie was leading all rookies in pts and goals and went down to an”accidental” knee injury and the responsible party wont see additional punishment, wouldnt you feel the same way? Though I dont wish anyone to take an injury, Brown is long overdue for something.

      • bcsteele - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:53 PM

        See Valdy Tarosenko last year against Colorado except it was a hit to the head. Kid was never the same after that hit. Which is a whole other debate. But I don’t like to wish injury on anyone, that leads to Steve Moore type situations. And honestly, though he’s changed his ways a bit, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Torres do something that stupid.

        On the other hand though, I do think Dustin Brown is in need of a suspension. Not sure how long and that’s always up for debate, but he needs something. He has had alot of “accidents.”

      • snewter99 - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        Stay classy bro…

        The only thing Brown tried to “do” – was avoid a head-on collision. Fact, watch it again. Couldn’t be done in that short of a split-second. Tough luck for Hertl.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Dec 21, 2013 at 5:54 PM

        A Blues fan, then you probably remember the attempted and fortunately missed head and knee shots he attempted on Schwartz during the playoffs last year.

    • hennessey1200hp - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      Hey Shanabanna seriously Brown needs a double digit game suspension. Knocked Pominville out last season and only 2 games and he is flat out a dirty player…

      • endusersolutions2013 - Dec 21, 2013 at 8:17 PM

        Actually he had head shots in two straight games. Both were clearly intentional, I thought it outrageous that he only got a short suspension.

    • 22lakings22 - Dec 21, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      Pot meet kettle. Classic Sharks fan response. Having Torres on your team, comments like that get you nowhere.

  2. sjtorpitt - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Normally I wouldn’t say something like that, but Brown pulls this BS too much and gets off easy.

  3. sjsharks66 - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Just another Brown “accident” where he walks away and the other player is seriously injured.

    Oh well, one day Brown is going to get his. All this bad karma building up. Someone is going to catch him admiring a pass or with his head down.

    • 22lakings22 - Dec 21, 2013 at 8:28 PM

      You’re beginning to sound like a woman scorned. And coming from a woman, that speaks volumes. Did Brownie not sign your 8×10 photo of him the last time he was up in San Jose or what? You’re infatuation with Brownie is creepy.

      • 22lakings22 - Dec 21, 2013 at 8:31 PM


  4. nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    New rule: This would not apply to accidental collisions or from the puck being shot in normal play. If a player takes deliberate action that results in an opponent being injured, the perp cannot play again until the injured player is medically cleared to play again. Perhaps this would get through some of the thicker skulls and into what brains they have.

    • joey4id - Dec 21, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      So, what do you do if the player has had recurring knee injuries, and the last hit ends his career? Do you suspend the player for the rest of his life?

  5. qauzaq - Dec 21, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    I understand it must absolutely suck to have Hertl potentially out for a long time but I really think some of you guys are just thinking with emotion. Looking at the video its clear this was an accident…

    • joey4id - Dec 21, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      you can’t ask fans like sjsharks66 to be objective because they are die-hard fans.

  6. statsdolie - Dec 21, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    I believe you need to rewatch that play again and you’ll notice hertl’s head was down an looking away from brown where as brown when entering the offensive One sees hertl glides toward him and doesn’t try to avoid him at all. Doesn’t extend his leg but he had ample opportunity to avoid the knee to knee. I don’t have a rooting interest it’s just what the tape shows in real time.

  7. sjtorpitt - Dec 21, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    “Tough luck”
    So I guess he was avoiding knee contact with Pommer, and thought an elbow would be better?
    Stfu, moron..

    • joey4id - Dec 21, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      Stop whining. He’s hardly the only player to have been suspended for an elbow. Boulton concussed Parros last weekend yet you don’t seem to upset about that.

  8. ronniethec - Dec 21, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Snark fans are the best in the league. At crying. They just don’t stop. One word. Scoreboard!

  9. qauzaq - Dec 21, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    To me it appears that Brown was gearing up for a hit and then decides to get out of the way once Hertl passes the puck, causing a knee on knee collision as opposed to a full body hit. Browns leg isn’t extended at all and the leg that hits Hertl isn’t the leading leg. It is just unfortunate Hertl was injured. I do hope he has a speedy recovery because he is fun to watch.

    • jhaegs - Dec 21, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      Right, because Brown has always been one to bail on an open ice check against an ususpecting player. I forgot that he usually tries to avoid contact…

  10. dakingsmofo - Dec 21, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Keep cryin snark fans. Hertl stuck out his knee not brown. Haha idiots

  11. jhaegs - Dec 21, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Dustin Brown isn’t dirty. See…

    …oh, wait…

  12. northstarnic - Dec 21, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Man oh man is Dustin Brown a loser. A dirty, slough-footin’, intentionally injuring loser. To make matters worse, the league enables his dirty play by refusing to dole out appropriate, if any, punishment when he pulls this crap.

  13. gandallk - Dec 24, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    That’s kneeing accident. But , how’s Brown’s knee surgery coming along ?

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